It has been a while since I last posted about the treasures in my classroom. Since my last post we have gone on winter break, come back from winter break, and completed our first full week. At the same time, I have been planning for my wedding and balancing life. Little to say, wow… how I have lost track of time. But I am back and that’s a start.
Usually I would start a post explaining the amazing, glorious treasure that I have found in my classroom this week, however, I want to be transparent with you all.
This week was rough.
I came back to school excited to see my group of goofballs and ready to get down to business when it came to learning. However, this week I was really off my game. I was constantly stepping on my coworker’s toes. My lessons were subpar. I felt like I was swimming in a sea of molasses. Constantly moving, but going nowhere.
I began to get really down on myself. My anxiety was high and I continued to make mistake after mistake. I felt like I couldn’t get a grasp on things. My students were misbehaving left and right, which I felt was my fault. I made an error on my grade cards. I had no clue what I was doing.
But then I had a conversation with a coworker on Friday. She reminded me that as teachers we are so hard on ourselves. We often contribute our students misbehaviors as our fault. However, this is not true. We are just overthinking things and letting stress get the best of us.
She was definitely my treasure this week. Her words reminded me that I am not the failure that I felt I was. I am only human. I will probably never have everything under control and in order. That is okay. As long as I remember my purpose and try the best I can, I am doing my job.
Take a moment this week and breathe. Remind yourself (or someone else) that they are great at what they do and that you appreciate them.