Teaching is a lonely profession. This is an odd phrase because teachers are with students all day. But, people can feel lonely even in a crowd. The feeling of loneliness comes from feeling a lack of importance in life. How can teachers be lacking a feeling of importance? We shape the minds of the young and this is a very important undertaking. However, the day-to-day battles are intense. The students can be vicious.
Constant negative feedback is tough to swallow. I had students not trying after discussing biking, which I thought would be applicable to their lives. I had a student tell me she doesn’t do work in my class because it is boring. Today we were building an environment out of Legos and other pieces to understand watersheds and pollution. I had a student write “Mr. Hingstrum is a bitch” on the desk after I took her book away because she wasn’t doing her assignment. These constant negative actions cause me to feel unimportant, and thus, lonely.
Changing our mindset in order to see the good we did is hard in these situations. I had excellent visuals for gears for the students to see. I tried to make the problem applicable to their life. I gathered the resources for the students to be able to build the environment. I did have some students interested and trying. I was important to some!
We all must note when we feel stress or anger begin to rise. More importantly, we must use it as a trigger to begin looking for the good around us. This will help steer us toward a positive mood, which in turn will help the environment around us.
What are some good things you did today?