Educators are problem-solvers in the truest sense of the word. Yet, we fixate on the areas of our profession that are out of our control. We use those as ammo in our darkest hour when we can’t seem to find another logical explanation for our shortcomings. We make peace by complaining about “those” behavior students, “those” parents that never show up to anything, “those” teachers that lack classroom management skills, and “those” administrators that add one more thing to our ever-expanding plate.
The reality is that we are overworked. We are frustrated. We complain because we are expected to fix the world with limited resources. When we put in 100% and the world isn’t fixed at the end of the day, we have to place blame somewhere, preferably not on our own shoulders as we fear that it might be that final straw.
Are we wrong for feeling this way? No. The expectations are high and the stakes are even higher. We are in the business of saving lives.
Should we only spread positivity and never complain about our reality? If you’re able to find peace without projecting negativity into the world, I applaud you. It has never been that easy for me.
If venting at the end of the day and sharing your perspective helps you make it through, it’s completely understandable. No one is blaming you for choosing that route. Although if I was you, I would have reservations about blaming others for your frustrations. Not because others aren’t to blame. Not because you are to blame. Just consider, how does placing blame help? Does it matter whether you’re to blame or someone else? Does it matter if that behavior kid needs medication and the parent refuses? Does it matter if you don’t agree with decisions made by your administrator that affect you?
No. At the end of the day, none of that matters. The only thing that matters is understanding the fact that this is your reality. Desirable or not, in your control or not, this is your reality. What are you going to do about it?
This is your reality. Now what?
My goal in creating this blog isn’t to create a narrative of my teaching life. My goal is to be reflective on myself as a practitioner and find solutions to my reality. In helping myself, I’m hoping to help others.
Your reality may be different from mine. I’m sure both of our realities include hardships and daily struggles. The most important thing we can do is ask ourselves, “What are you going to do about it?”