The Motivated Teacher

Michael Todd Clinton


So, this is going to be short and to the point. I know how important your time is and I have been long winded lately. I would like to say this is going to be one of those MOTIVATING blogs telling teachers how they can save time and be better at their jobs. It is not, sorry! (Wait isn’t this suppose to be a MOTIVATING blog, oh well.)
What this blog is going to be is the truth. TEACHERS DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH TIME. It’s true! We do not have enough time to do everything we need to do. If I wanted to make this long winded I would mention some of the things we do, but in short we DO A LOT. Really, we don’t have enough time but neither does administrators, parents, custodians, etc. What we have to learn as educators, administration, and anyone working with kids really is that we have to teach what is most important next in our vision to get our kids where we want them to go. This is something me and one of my principals were talking about this week. After thinking about it and thinking about all that principals have to do, I feel he was spot on (and they are good at it, it stresses me out thinking about what principals have to do). I know that they would rather be in a classroom learning with students, but when a kid punches another kid in the face you have to deal with it; or when our custodians get the call that there is a cleanup in aisle three bring the absorbent and deodorizer, they have to drop what they are doing and make that their next priority.(The kids should be everyone’s priority and what is best for them.) 
I wish I would have not worried about getting everything done my first couple of years teaching then maybe I would have some hair left, or maybe not, ha. What we need to do is look at what is most import for our students and do all the other stuff when it has to be done. Yes, things are going to pop up like testing, phone calls from parents, etc. but like nike says, “JUST DO IT” and then get back at what is most important in your vision. Then start living the “Teacher’s Life.”

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