Thursday, November 21, 2013

Dear tired teacher...

It happens to everyone at some point in time in their education career.

You know what I'm talking about.

You know I'm not talking about being physically tired.

I'm talking about the other kind of tired.

You've consumed yourself with these thoughts on the way to work as well as on the way home from work.

You've also probably had trouble sleeping at night.

Those around you have questioned if everything is alright.

You've become noticeably agitated at things that typically don't bother you.

You don't go out to social events nearly as often as you used to, and your circle of friends seems to be shrinking.

Excitement and enthusiasm toward the day have been replaced with constant clock-watching in anticipation of the end of the day.

Adults aren't the only ones who've noticed your situation; kids are starting to react.

Things that used to fire you up barely phase you now.

Living in the now has been replaced with living for tomorrow.

Purpose, meaning, and justification are absent from your thoughts.

Dear tired teacher...

There are those around you who have energy to share.

There are countless 'recharge' opportunities that just need a little of your time.

There are students who are counting on you.

There are students who are looking for that person to make a difference in their lives.

Dear tired teacher...

Your students need you to be that person who makes a difference in their lives.

Dear tired teacher...

It's ok to take a nap from time-to-time, but please don't sleep the whole day away...