The Myth Of The Super Teacher

Captain Marvel has made its way to theaters everywhere. I hope to see it next week as I have been told I need to see it before Avengers:Endgame graces us in April with another 2 hour-edge-of-your-seat-action-packed Super Hero thriller and plot sequence. I will admit I am a low-key fan of action movies whether it be Jurassic Park, Avengers, or fantasy like The Lord of The Rings–always have been since I was a little girl. I love my Hallmark and Lifetime too, but I’ll save that for Christmas.

Speaking of Super Heroes earlier, teachers are commonly called Super Heroes. Honestly, I don’t have a problem with it (brushing off my shoulder). My colleagues in education seemingly do amazing feats empowered by grace and faith each day for our kids. To me, just waking up and walking into a building and refusing to give up on the future of this nation is a bold stand. I commend you and you deserve a cape. T-Shirts are sold everywhere and are proudly worn by teachers that state they are Super Heroes or teaching is their SUPERPOWER. Wear it with pride and as the common slang goes “WERK…” because you are already working hard enough.

However, what happens when you are deemed as a “strong teacher” or Super Hero? The answer is simple– society and educational systems think you can handle anything and everything. More paperwork, more students, more tests. The reality is you are only human. In my personal life experience, I vehemently understand even the strongest teachers need support and help. Just because you or I do not walk around complaining about our class, email barrages, administration, or personal life does not mean no one needs to check on us.

Sincerely ask, ” hey, I just want to see how you are doing and are you okay with everything?” Those 2 behavior students you just transferred to my class because the other teacher couldn’t” handle” them (true story)? Yes, it is overwhelming on top of the fact they were transferred to my most challenging class period while I am trying to teach these students with low academic levels.

I admonish you to check on a strong teacher today. I am so grateful to be at a school this year with the best staff I have ever worked with. The past teaches us quite a bit, just make sure you learn and move forward. I was that “strong” teacher. I was told many times over my career and I truly loved my students. They were and are my biggest focus in what I do. I was honored, but for so long quite a bit was put on me. I always found a way to do it for the most part, but I learned the hard way. Remember–strong teachers/people can burnout too so show some love.

Find those 1-2 trusted people on campus you can talk to, vent, and laugh with. It can literally propel you for years. Also, take a mental day at least once a semester. Get a massage, facial, or go on a nature hike (one of my favorites), visit and talk with family and close friends, journal, make a vision board, eat healthy, and reprioritize your life if need be. Time and life go by quickly, so make sure you are taking care of yourself.

Teachers are truly remarkable people. Many have given up dreams of corporate stints and jet-setting to boldly walk in a school building with youth and believe in the impossible each day. Enjoy your coffee, tea or water this morning, hold your head up, take care of yourself and oh, don’t forget to straighten your cape…you have work to do. ‘)

Teach in the Light–

Kia

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