A dear teacher friend (hey, Rick!) posted the link on Facebook today to this blog post. I’ve been digesting it all day.
Take a minute (or three) to go and read it.
There are days when I still feel like a new teacher, even though I’m already five years into this field. But when I reflect on what ESL was like five years ago, what my job consisted of, it feels more like fifty. I have felt the change in the pressure of the squeeeeeeze from the higher ups, as have they. There are times when I feel like I understand my job–my students and their needs–better than ever. But it seems to be in those precise moments that we are corralled in the opposite direction. And it’s in those precise moments when I am so thankful to have the privilege to support teachers right now, instead of actually being one.
Did you have thoughts about Mr. Fitz’s post? Is ignorance bliss for young teachers like myself and those I work with? Is there a response other than depression? (If so, please tell me; I need encouragement!)
His post reminded me of why I keep this blog. There is much to be discouraged about in public education today. But I also know, see that there are teachers making a difference in the lives of students, changing those students and their families forever. That’s my focus here; that’s what keeps me excited and passionate in this difficult field.