Do you already feel incompetent, not trusted, and overly stressed as we begin the new school year? No teacher should ever feel this way. I strongly believe that every single teacher starts out his or her career with enthusiasm and joy for the profession. Somewhere around the first month of school or two, reality sets in. “How can I possibly make a difference or teach with all the added responsibilities?” We all ask this question! Whether you are year one or year thirty-nine, we all feel this way. I’m here to tell you today, you are enough!
You are enough to provide your students with the necessary content related instruction that they will need to master their standards. You have a great knowledge of the standards and enough maturity to know when a student is ready for a concept or when to build prerequisite skills before tackling it. Are you on schedule with your pacing guide? Probably not, but that’s ok. Make up the time on standards that are not as important as your power standards. Trust your instincts and give it all you have. That will be enough!
Planning and Prep
You are enough to find, create and look for quality materials. It’s hard work putting lessons together for whole group, small group, and independent practice. My best advice it to use your time wisely and be sure to maximize your planning period. Here’s a blog post to help! Also, don’t hesitate to ask questions or for help. Parent volunteers love to come in and assist teachers! Or find older teacher kids you can pay a small amount of money to if you need help cutting, laminating or prepping copies! Five bucks will entice a lot of younger helpers! Don’t forget, Teachers Pay Teacher is a great place to start when you are hunting for low-prep activities!
Working with a Team
You are enough exactly how you are to get along with others and work as a team. Having different personalities from your co-workers is a good thing! It can be hard to adjust at the beginning of a new year, but know that you are perfect just the way that you are! It takes all types of different people to make a strong team. Remember who you are and what your passion is. I loved being on a team where the teachers weren’t as strong with technology. That meant that I was valued and needed. However, I wasn’t as strong with phonics instruction and I really needed my team while planning and teaching phonics. It’s ok not to be the best at everything. No one expects you to be. That’s how we grow as teachers, educators, and learners.
Oh yes, you are even enough when it comes to fulfilling extra responsibilities that fall on your plate. You are smart, fearless and AMAZING! Yes, these are the little things that drive us crazy and we often forget unintentionally. However, you can do it! Make a list or make it on a calendar. Being organized is half the battle with extra responsibilities. I struggled to find a planner that was perfect for me, but I recently switched to an hourly layout of an Erin Condren planner. So far, it really helps me on top of my insane schedule. (Click here if you would like a $10 off coupon.)
Why is it important to feel like you are enough?
It’s pretty obvious that at times administrators, parents, co-workers, society, and our students will make us feel like less than enough. We can feel downright worthless and a waste of space. When you feel this way, you aren’t an effective teacher for your students, productive co-worker, encouraging employee, or loving parent. We have to stay positive and feel like we are enough even when we are ready to run for the hills. Prioritize! Somethings have to be put on a list of when I have time I will do this. I love this quote, “If everything is important than nothing is important.” You can’t give everything 110% so prioritize but choose now to live each day as if you are enough! Yes, you are enough!