I'm having 'one of those days' that might just be 'one of those weeks' that I'm afraid to admit even could be 'one of those years'. You know, the ones where motivation is low and everything just seems too hard. When the hours of planning and preparation go seemingly unappreciated by children, parents and admin. When at the end of the day, it's easy to look back on the day and feel that you have failed as a teacher.
Last year, I had a great year. My class was eager to learn and revelled in being at school. They loved any and all activities I planned for them and their smiles and enthusiasm made each day fulfilling. Their parents were supportive and appreciative - many of them would thank me daily for all I did for their children. I worked long, long hours to make sure that each of my kidlets left me at 3pm excited about something they had done and bursting to tell mum or dad something they had learned, achieved or created. I was always searching for new ideas and innovative activities for my kidlets to try. Was I a perfect teacher? Nope, but I was doing the best I could and it was enough.
This year... Not so much. Don't get me wrong, my kidlets are divine. Yes, there are quite a few tricky characters but I love them all the same. I look into their eyes and want to be an amazing teacher for them - but day after day I feel like I've let them down.
Is it me? Is it that I'm not quite understanding what they need to be engaged and eager learners? Am I letting the demands of school get on top of me and dull my love of teaching? Am I just being a big baby? Whatever it is, I need to snap out of it. My gorgeous kidlets need more from me.
I'd love to hear from you... Words of encouragement, links to amazing Pinterest boards or blog posts that can reignite my teaching fire, quotes, images, anything. If there's one thing I've learned from being a part of the blogging community it's that sometimes it can be the greatest support system.
Thanks in advance friends.