My attitude toward my students' learning and behavior was affected by my own spirits. While this seems like a no brainer, it made me think I was stuck in a "chicken vs. egg" scenario. Was I feeling a bit worn down because my students were testing boundaries and not too focused, or was this merely my perception of them given my own temperament? I honestly think it was the latter. Ultimately this got me to remember something I heard this summer. "We find in others those things we're looking for." I'm paraphrasing a bit, but how true! Teaching (parenting, coaching, working with others, communicating with others) can be a self-fulfilling prophecy where we only see in our students our own preconceived notions of broad generalizations. Teachers can all too easily let students' reputations proceed them. Teachers notions about "kids today" can taint how we deal with real, individual students.
I started my teaching career in earnest in 2005. I graduated from UNI not even thoroughly convinced I wanted to be a teacher in 2001. I ABSOLUTELY FELL IN LOVE WITH IT! It transformed me... and I think the way th did that was by giving me the ability to always see the good in all of my students. So, I vow to you all, I'll never run low on awesomeness again.
Today was much better! I had a few more cups of coffee and a bunch of candy at lunch!