Have you ever been in that teacher’s classroom and feel completely inadequate? You know who I’m talking about—she’s completely organized and everything is exactly where it should be at all times, or there’s something else about her classroom that leaves you feeling like you just need to do more.
You don’t feel inspired. You feel. . .inadequate.
I know that feeling—but I also know that who I am (a “Visionary” type of teacher) makes me the teacher I most need to be. I may not be super-organized (Manager-type) or crazy creative (Artist type) but I am exactly who I am meant to be, who I must need to be, for my students.
You should never feel inadequate either. You care deeply about your students. You have a passion for education and want to grow them. You spend your own time learning new strategies, trying them, and deciding if they work for you or not—regardless of what others say.
You love to learn.
You connect with your students and value your relationship with them—one of your top goals is to be present with them. And sometimes you worry that you’re not meeting all their needs. But you are.
You are because you care.
You love teaching. Sometimes you get so excited teaching and engaging in rich conversations with your students you lose track of time.
You have a vision for them. You know education transforms lives.
You know where at what level your students need to be working, at the end of the day, this week, and next year. Easily you see the long-term effects of integrating effective teaching strategies. Connecting to higher ideas strengthens your instruction and the connection to your students.
Be the exact YOU, the you that you are meant to be. No one else can be that teacher. Being exactly the teacher you are meant to be can never leave you feeling inadequate—as the great 12thcentury mystic Rumi wrote:
God picks up the reed-flute world and blows.
Each note is a need coming through one of us,
A passion, a longing-pain.
Remember the lips
Where the wind-breath originated,
And let your note be clear.
Don’t try to end it.
Be your note.
Be your note.