Making each day count is a tough thing to do
There is no question that, as educators, most of us strive to have maximum impact every day that we teach. However, the reality is that bringing that same intensity every day is an incredibly difficult thing to do. Obviously, there are going to be days when we are in the flow and feeling good about our teaching, but other moments can be quite the opposite.
No doubt that there are a plethora of external factors that can disrupt our teaching and lessen the impact that we have. At times irrational constraints and pressures can be thrown our way from a variety of directions including from above. Those making important curriculum and assessment decisions sometimes have no idea of the realities that teachers face in the classrooms and gymnasiums of our schools.
Although these factors can be very much outside of our control, we must not forget that, ultimately, the people we serve are our students. Doing what is best for them must always remain of paramount importance in our programs. Often times our biggest obstacle can be ourselves. We must constantly be evaluating our own mindsets, assessing our levels of motivation, and doing whatever it takes to keep our fires lit. Easier said than done? Yes!
However, being aware of potential pitfalls and habits that do not serve our teaching well, is an important part of the teacher reflection process. If we are to maximize the impact that we have on our students, we need to care for ourselves first and foremost. So, what are you going to get rid of this week that is not serving you or your teaching well? I'll be thinking about this myself as I enter the last week before holidays. Thanks for reading.
KAUST Faculty, Pedagogical Coach. Presenter & Workshop Leader.IB Educator. #RunYourLife podcast host.