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,
Michelle Roy says
Thank you for giving me a question that I can use with the teachers I coach–“What is school for?” So simple, but so absent from our conversations about our work.
Dave Stuart Jr. says
Sooo absent. Thank you Michelle!
Very intense side walk you experimented,,,, would like to know how you did it to collect the evidential information😉😉
Dave Stuart Jr. says
I’m not sure I understand the question here 🙂
Zachary Ripley says
So good, Dave! It’s not IF we hit a wall, it’s when… I cannot agree more and appreciate the direct path back to success.
You’re levelling up that visuals game, too, and I am a fan (simple + clear = effective!).
Sonam Sharma says
That’s exactly right. The new found energy part is very important, not only in the life of teachers but also in the life of every single individual. This where things start to pull you. This is where you enjoy things. This is where going extra mile feels happy. This is where you get a sense of satisfaction with your life. Thanks for posting this wonderful article.
Anima Astrologer says
This post is really nice. It really broke down everything to dive into the deep. I really like it.