Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Reflective Teacher Day 30: Be not afraid.....
Dear Constant Reader, (Yes, I stole it from the master Stephen King, so?)
Before I begin the final post in the 30-day challenge, I want to give a couple of S/Os first. Thanks to Kirsten for putting the challenge before me while still doing it herself. Words of encouragement from Beth, Jen, Mr Lynch and Mr Wade were helpful in continuing the long haul of a post every day. Also, a big thanks to those of you who read this journey. While the readership numbers waned towards the end, (Yes, I check the stats!) it was still encouraging to know that someone out there was reading what I wrote. Remember, it is not the quantity but the quality! So thanks!!
I fear not, for I am a teacher.......
A great man once said, "We have nothing to fear, but fear itself." (Had to throw some history in there....occupational habit!) Fear is a powerful motivator. To be paralyzed into inaction because one is afraid gives strength to a fog, a mist that disappears once you walk through it. FDR was right: fear of the unknown is an illusion. Beyond that fog, that mist is an illusion that your mind created because it is easier to stay back, to feel comfortable and not challenge the imaginary monsters your mind has created. Someone once said:
I have no monsters in my life, just small spiders and stepping in gum. I could have coped with monsters.
That is a great quote: it's the little things, the constant accumulation of little hurdles to get over that are difficult in life. And even if you had monsters to deal with, facing them head on without the fog of fear clouding your judgement would be the approach to take.
I fear not....
....because I will teach every single child that comes into my room regardless of their ability, economic condition, home life or what school they attended the previous year.
....because even if I try something new and it completely crashes, I can fix it, no matter what the situation is. (I have seen a teacher teach a biology class on the bleachers during an extended building fire scare. Instant: hero!)
....because I have a great set of colleagues around me that I can go to when I don't know how to do something. I even have people in different countries via Twitter that I can count on too when I am stuck for an idea or have a problem.
....because no matter what initiative, idea, program or new idea that comes from the State or Federal government I have a building full of people and a great PLN that will help me to see through the fog of fear.
....because no matter what, I honestly believe I am surrounded by some of the best students in the world! I know that every teacher says that about their students, but I have been in this profession for over 20 years and I have always maintained that one of main reasons why I still do what I do is due to the students I see on a daily basis.
Every year this is true since 1993. Remember.....you cannot scare me, I am a teacher!!