“My super power is teaching. What is yours?”
I really can’t stand that quote.
I am not a super human.
I do not posses powers that allow me to make it through the school day.
I do not have a magic potion to sip when I get tired or irritated or overworked.
I do not have a suit I hide in my desk drawer to pull out when things get tough.
Rather, I fight through my day just like the rest of the teachers in my building. I wake up at the crack of dawn after staying up late the evening before perfecting plans and grading assignments. I face kids who are unhappy because “How dare I GIVE them a C…or D…or F…” and parents who believe the same. I deal with kids who can’t believe I made a mistake…even if the mistake was actually on their part. I watch apathetic students sit idly by as I push and prod for them to give just a bit more effort. I hold back tears when I hear about the home life of a student I see struggling. I stay long hours at work to tweak a test for my kids.
Instead of becoming angry, I ask why. I delve into a situation to figure out the background and just how I can solve it. I talk with a student about the multiple opportunities to complete make up work and meet with parents during my lunch periods to ensure clear communication is had between all involved parties. I smile at the kid who thinks I made a mistake after his peer corrects him, rather than giving him a double dose of negativity. I continue to push and prod the apathetic students…even when the apathy just becomes greater.
Long story short.
Teaching is hard work.
And while I SO wish I could “Bibbity, Bobbity, Boo” my way through the day, it simply isn’t possible.
Next time you see a teacher off in “La La Land’ or totally zoned out after a long day, cut ’em some slack. They’ve given every ounce of themselves throughout that school day to make sure everyone and everything stays afloat.
So, if you can’t muster up some good ol’ courage and fight through the tough times without a mirror on the wall or a magic wand, head on out. Teaching isn’t about having some magical power, it is about giving 110% of your self all the time, no matter all the extenuating circumstances.
And while I wish I grew up attending Hogwarts and had potions and spells to get me through the day, nothing of the sort has actually happened. Hard work. Dedication. Running on “E”. Unrelenting passion. Those are the qualities of a teacher.
All I’m saying is maybe the super heroes could learn a thing or two from teachers. We’re saving the world without a drop of magical powers. :)