I feel a bit like Dory on Finding Nemo: "Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming."
I never thought this teaching thing would be easy. I love being challenged daily by my career. There isn't a much more rewarding feeling than when you connect with a student and they know you are there to help them be their absolute best. I feel that way every day.
However, I have many days where I also feel like Dory...I need to just keep swimming.
I place very high expectations on myself, my bosses, my coworkers, and now my students. If we don't shoot high, I don't feel we are achieving our full potential. That being said, when you shoot high there is greater discrepancy between the peaks and valleys.
This weekend and today is one of those times where as a teacher you pause, regroup, reteach, continue to challenge the successful students, collect the ones who need additional help, and work your hardest to impact as many lives as you can.
I've been pushing too hard too soon. I will not lower my goals for these kiddos. I will, however, adjust the pace I'll be using to get them where they need to be. Just like any good steward would, I want to leave these children in a better place than they were when I found them. Therefore, at the end of the school year, they will be successful writers with better grammar and spelling than how they came to me. They're probably going to dislike me a lot along the way--it's a good thing I'm not there to be their friends. I see so much potential in each of my students this year.
Days like today, I'm so thankful for supportive coworkers, administration, department chairs, and my husband.
So now, time to refocus, regroup, revise my plan, start reteaching, and just keep swimming.