Okay, okay, I know. I’ve been terrible about blogging this summer. I’ve had a lot going on and I’ll be honest with you – sometimes I don’t blog as regularly as I should because I’m pretty sure no one reads my blog anyway! If you do read, please let me know in the comments! 🙂 All right, let’s dive right into this post today.
Today’s advice for new teachers centers on something that I am still trying to work through as a now-sixth year teacher. And that piece of advice is: don’t dwell on what you can’t control. Not everyone is always going to agree with you or see things your way and you can’t control that.
I deal with this the most with parents. I can try as hard as I can to do things right, to follow the school guidelines, to care about my students and yet there are still parents who don’t agree with me or parents who don’t hesitate to express their displeasure – even if their displeasure isn’t with me! And because I have a major guilt complex, I tend to dwell on these things and run them over and over in my head, focusing in on ‘what could I have done differently’ and ‘I’m probably going to get fired.’
So my advice to new teachers would just be to do. your. best. That’s all anyone can ask for. If you do your best and strive to be the best teacher your students could ask for, then no one can bring you down. If everything you have done is above board and for the kids, then you have nothing to worry about. And if parents or coworkers or anyone gets mad at you or has an issue with you – let it go. As long as you didn’t do anything wrong and you have the best interests of your students at heart, then nothing anyone says can get you down. You are awesome!
As someone who gets depressed over the littlest things and who often reads more into an email or voicemail then is actually there, trust me. Don’t dwell on the negative or on the ‘what ifs.’ Just do your best and that’s all you can do. The naysayers will fade into the background as you focus on your students and improving their lives. You got this.
Veteran teachers, do you find yourself dwelling on the negative, too? Are you primed to assume the worst? What tips would you offer to new teachers? Sound off in the comments!
For now, that’s a wrap!