This year has been hard.
In some ways, what I just said is teacherspeak for October.
But in other ways, this year has been uniquely difficult for educators. It's gone worse than we expected. The needs are greater than we thought. The professional literature is a cold and barren thing compared to the raw humanity we experience each day in our classrooms.
So, what are we to do?
Let's do some highly technical diagramming.
Weirdly enough, that's super good news
So, there are two ways to look at what I just described:
- That sucks, or
- That's awesome.
Okay, so there are more than two ways to look at it. I'm oversimplifying — perhaps criminally so. But here's how I see it:
Remaining engaged as a teacher has a built-in forcing function for growing into a deeper, maturer human being.
That forcing function is the pair of Walls — burnout and demoralization. To get through these without disengaging your heart and mind from teaching, you're forced to take on an Inner Journey.
In the weeks to come, I'll be examining the Inner Journey here on the blog and over on YouTube. Be sure you're subscribed to both (blog, YouTube) to not miss a thing, AND do me a favor and invite a colleague who might like these things, too!
Colleagues, our work isn't just something we do; it does something to us. This is a hard truth — but it can also be such a good one.
On the journey right beside you,