I picked up this quote from thinkexist.com. It resonated loud and clear with me on this beautiful Friday afternoon. So I ask you, “What did you teach this week?”
Did you teach patience, understanding, joy of learning, beauty of questioning, desire to conquer? Or, did you teach frustration, stress, anxiety, overwhelm, surface learning?
Reflect for a minute. Ask yourself this question, “What ‘was’ I this week?” Do you like what you see? Would you want the person you were to teach your own child or someone you care about?
I hope you can answer with a resounding YES! But here’s what I know. Too often this is not the case for teachers. The stress of covering material, preparing for tests, teaching programs that leave no room for teacher judgment or authenticity can put teachers in a place of overwhelm and passionless teaching.
To get back on the right track take time for you! Don’t spend this weekend grading papers and writing lesson plans. Invest yourself and your time in something you enjoy. See a movie, hug your own kids, play with your dog- or my favorite, ride your bike.
When you take the opportunity to step away from the grind and fill up your cup, you’ll be much better equipped to share withyour students on Monday. Remember, you cannot fill the cup of others from a cup that is running dry. We fill others from our overflow.
This is one of the principles I teach in my Lesson Plan for Life class: enjoying time outside of the classroom enables you to be fully present and happy when you are in the classroom; teaching by your actions the joys of learning, investigating, seeking and finding.
Listen up! You have permission to play and enjoy. It will make you a better teacher because you will be teaching “what you are;” a happy, rested, enthused, balanced person. Aren’t these characteristics you’d like to see in your students?Then live it!
You are teaching by your example- whether it is a good one- or not.