Well, here it is: The first teacher workday of the year. Sure, we don’t see students for over a week, but today is a big deal for teachers. Today sets the tone for the year. Everyone entered the building today with mixed emotions: Excitement, fear, happiness, trepidation. It’s all a bit overwhelming. Something struck me as a bit odd about today, though. The odd thing is that I’m not exactly sure how I feel about the new year beginning.
Now, it probably comes as no great surprise that I’m pretty in touch with my feelings. I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve. I also tend to be very impacted by the feelings of those around me, while at the same time being quite an influence on my peers. It’s a give and take. But, today was a bit different. I’m filled with excitement and a thrill that comes with the beginning of a new year, but many around me are filled with a sense of defeat that does not normally find its way to school until about March. Friends, if we’re going to make it through this year, we’re going to have to do some soul searching and ramp up our moods.
I honestly can’t remember if this next part has made it onto TCST yet (it probably has), but I’m going to throw it at you anyway. Some of the best advice that I received as a baby teacher–advice that led me to have a decent ability to put things into perspective–came from a coworker. They told me, in no uncertain terms, that no matter what is happening around you–administration is getting you down, your coworkers are being dumpy–all you need to worry about is teaching. That’s it. Just close your door and teach. To take it one step further, close your door and TEACH YOUR ASS OFF!
In my case, I wish that was literally…I never did quite achieve the beach body I was going for this summer.
So, here it is: The first day. On this most auspicious day, we all have the ability to be a
good great influence on our coworkers. Smile at them. They either deserve it, or they need it. (Wow, that was deep…that’s copyright protected, guys!)
To all my teacher friends (and YES, that means YOU, even if we haven’t had the extreme pleasure of actually meeting) I wish you an outstanding year. Fill it with smiles. Fill it with goofiness. Some of that positivity is bound to rub off on those around you.
Oh, and I guess your students will benefit, too.