I complain a lot. I’m a teacher. I think it’s in my contract somewhere.
I’m not happy with the current state of education and our country’s continued efforts to put lipstick on pigs; racing to leave kids behind.
And frankly, I’m afraid that my school’s efforts to improve the overall learning experience will be stifled by budget cuts–leaving us with little to no support to sustain our current momentum.
I get frustrated with some of my colleagues and their willingness to settle for “I’ve always done this; it’s good enough” instead of looking for better ways to engage students in meaningful learning.
But despite all this, we are doing truly amazing things at my school. And I believe that you are too.
Today I got to listen to two graduating seniors, in front of the School Board, talk about their experience at Mills and how it set a tone for the rest of their education.
Now, I wasn’t a part of their learning (I wasn’t yet at Mills), but I am a part of that community now and I know that we are still doing great things.
Often we get caught up with everything that is wrong and we don’t ever take the time to see what is still good.
I’m proud of my school’s efforts. We have come a long way and we will continue to fight for our kids. We may not be perfect educators (and I might gripe about that a lot), but I know that what we are doing is helping. It’s making a difference.
Take the time. Close your mouth. Stop complaining and look at all the amazing things you and colleagues are doing.