Remember Why You Started
I enjoy running. It is a time where I can block out the distractions of the day, clear my head, and relieve some stress. I don’t run far, usually only 2 or 3 miles. It is enough time for me to think, far enough for me to feel good about the exercise, and short enough for me fit it into an already busy day. I usually try and run a set distance in a specific amount of time or run for a certain number of minutes. Today was different. I went for a run without setting any expectations. It would have been okay if it I only ran a mile and I wasn’t really thinking about my speed. However, I ended up running at a pace that was much faster than normal. I was shocked when I looked at my watch and saw that I had cut over a minute off of each mile. What was different? I didn’t spend my run looking at my watch telling myself to go faster or convincing myself that I had to go further. Today, I just ran because I enjoy it and it felt amazing.
The field of education isn’t for everyone and teaching isn’t something you do unless you enjoy it. But, how often do we just teach without thinking about a million other things? I am not suggesting that we throw away testing schedules, forget about pacing guides, and stop paying attention to grade level expectations. However, think about how much additional stress we put on ourselves each day. We compare our work to the work of others. We feel like we can’t say no when asked to take on another role or responsibility. We push ourselves to stay on top of everything at all times. It is good to want to improve, to want to continue to grow as an educator and to stay current. But, sometimes, we need to remind ourselves why we started. Keep it simple. Teach because you enjoy it.