Sunday, April 24, 2011

Best end message ever!

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The title of the graphic is incorrect.  It’s pretty much something that happens every year to all teachers, not just those that are in their first year.  However I can say that my slopes would be a tad different.  My energy is strong until about early October when all the beginning year distractions come about.  Then the irritation and disillusionment set in, although my valley is significantly less steep.  Basketball helps because the dedication and work ethic of the players helps alleviate the problems of the holidays.   Students missing weeks on end for holiday vacations are out of my control, but players successfully mixing athletics and academics make-up for the feelings of frustration.  The end of February is my hardest time.  By then basketball has worn me out, Seniors realize that they will have to work their final semester in high school, and AP U.S. History starts to become a series of cram sessions.  Spring Break can’t come quick enough.  Post Spring Break breaks forth rejuvenation and major anticipation for next year.  I’ve already started planning ideas for next year and part of me is actually looking forward to August. 

Cool Cat Teacher (blog roll) has a fantastic message to all teachers as we roll out of testing and towards the end of the year.  It’s a simple pep talk, but one that is vitally important as some of us become victims of our marathon runs.  While many things in her post are poignant (“Teachers are on the front lines of a war against the decivilization of society”), the most important message I can see is to be yourself.  In dealing with Seniors it is often easy to become very detached from the students because they have one foot out the door already.  Don’t play that game and keep being you.  While others have cashed it in, finish the year strong and maintain that consistent passion for the profession.  Hold kids accountable and make sure that those that are about to head out into the real world are adequate prepared to the best of your ability, even if it means saying “no”.   

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