We are back in school after the holidays barely two weeks, and you know you have prayed for a snow day or for Jesus to return: me too. As a teacher, there are a few things that can really annoy and frustrate me. If I can keep these irritations at bay and keep my eye on the prize, I am a less stressed teacher.
So here goes:
- When given many, many more things than are humanly possible to do at one time, prioritize. What has a deadline or has to be done now? How much time will each of these take? Some things can wait. Get the calendar out or the cell phone, and set some reminders. Get a plan as to when these things will each get done, but come to grips with the fact that they cannot all be done at once. It’s ok, super teacher. Unfortunately, not all things will be our best product, and for a perfectionist like me, I have to learn to live with that. It’s ok. Get it all done, and with a plan of when, some stress is relieved.
- We are hit with standards, goals, testing, testing to prep for the testing, great new ideas to implement in our classroom that look great in theory but aren’t realistic…It can be draining. Don’t take it all too seriously. It will always be this way for us and many other professions. Have your goal for your class or classes always in front of you. Don’t be distracted from it. Remember that many great classroom ideas come and go if you are just patient, but the basics of learning never do. Eye on prize…got it?
- In a public high school, I hear a lot more language than I want to be hearing, complaints, whining, music that glorifies an un Christlike lifestyle (that’s a nice way to put it), and the list goes on. I can start to take these things personally since I am a follower of Christ, and these and many other behaviors that I see on a daily basis can start to hurt my feelings, frustrate me or just simply bring me down. Don’t take it personally. We teach in a lost world. I had a conversation with a student while doing my after school duty. He wanted me to hear some of his music, so I did. The language was awful, but I was able to talk to him about the bible, my favorite music (Christian) and if we aren’t in the world, how can we change it? It’s not personal. Try not to be offended.
- Don’t be afraid to be different. I have had to change schools a lot because of my husband and I being in ministry. I do not like being the new kid on the block. I always seem to stand out like a sore thumb because I am a follower of Christ, and I should stand out. I also love my kids very much, and after we get to know each other, we do a lot of laughing and kidding. At first, I feel like I am not good enough around my colleagues. This has nothing to do with them, although I have had some comments sent my way before. The problem is me. Do not forget who you are and why you are there. Be you. You represent Christ Jesus. Those kids need you.
King James Version (KJV)
8 I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
New International Version (NIV)
16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
May our classrooms glow…
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Thanks always for reading. I am praying for you.
My Spring schedule:
Women’s Banquet of Tables, First Baptist Church Dyer TN, March 12
Las Vegas mission trip April 4-8
Women’s Prayer Retreat, Covington, TN April 23
Can I help you with anything? I don’t have a fee–I accept a love offering that goes to my mission trips. Probably will be going to Haiti or Ecuador this summer as well as my upcoming Las Vegas trip.