One summer afternoon in the sweltering heat of south Florida, a man toiled laying concrete blocks in order to expand his home by adding a garage. The sun beat down and the sweat dripped. Each block lifted weighed between 25-30 pounds. The man had been at this task for quite some time.
From out of the cool house a woman emerges with a glass of iced tea. She offers the tea to the man and comments, “Tom, I don’t know why you’re sweating so much; all you have to do is dab some of that cement stuff on top of the wall and put one block up there at a time.”
To which the response came through clenched teeth, “Mary, I think it’d be best for you to go back in the house now.”
I wasn’t actually there when this exchange happened, but I can imagine what it looked and sounded like. The Mary in the story was my mother. Tom was my uncle.
Perhaps you‘ve found yourself in a similar situation. Have you ever seen a craftsman/woman at his/her job and you thought, gosh that looks easy?
I’ll advise you to be careful not to minimize someone’s work by jumping to a poorly though out conclusion. Sometimes, a person can handle a really demanding set of circumstances in such a way that it might appear to an onlooker to be very simple.
I am convinced this is the case with our teachers. There are many skilled craftsmen/women in the education profession that make the job look simple. The truth is they are skilled and handle the demands of the profession in a way that to an onlooker makes teaching appear very simple.
Often, these skilled teachers even mystify their colleagues.
This story isn’t just for teachers- but y’all know I love you to pieces so I must talk to ya’- it’s for all people who begin judgments without knowledge and understanding of circumstances.
I’m sure Mom wasn’t intentionally minimizing Uncle Tom’s hard work; she just didn’t have the knowledge needed at the time to make a proper judgment.
On the other hand, if someone makes such a judgment about your work receive the compliment. Truly, you have taken demands and rigor and turned them into a work of art!
*of special note to my teacher readers- if you are interested in a way to really be a master craftswoman in your teaching, making it appear easy although the demands are tough, email firstname.lastname@example.org and request information on my 8-week coaching program Lesson Plan for Life. In the program, you’ll learn the skills necessary to be a master craftswoman in your LIFE, LOVE and EFFECTIVE TEACHING!