Saturday, October 1, 2011
I Want To Change the World! (A soapbox post)
All of these societal changes trickle down to today's kiddos. They're growing up in a tough time. I was chatting with one of my fabulous colleagues the other day and we were discussing the lack of patience in our students. If you think about it, my 3rd graders have spent more than half of their life in a downward spiraling economy. Parents are unemployed, broke, and stressed to the max. We all know the power of modeling and little patience is what is being modeled.
I reflect on the world often and I'm constantly trying to rationalize where we are, where we're going, and what I can do along the way. Although a life burden, my conscientiousness helps me to start changing the world in my classroom. What do today's kids need? They need a true adult role model--someone friendly, polite, respectful, a problem-solver, independent thinker, and deliverer of life-long lessons. They need to see passion, energy, pizazz, and the ability to dream. They need someone to idolize, love, and go to in times of need. They need to be challenged and to learn to work hard.
The educational world is changing quickly too. Everyone I know in my school is stressed. We're worried about our jobs, new standards, our new teacher evaluation system, our students, our budgets and lack of supplies, testing, our emotional well-being, and whether or not we'll get parental/public support ever again. Our patience is short too but we need it now more than ever before. I am so passionate about what I do, but I'm so often saddened by the situation of today's teachers. The veteran teachers in my school comment on how teaching used to be fun. Yes--past tense. I often feel as if my timing was horrible. I'm lucky to even have my job, so I'm often discouraged that I won't be changing the world anytime soon. I'm just trying to hold on for the small chance that someday I can. In the meantime, as I spend endless hours doing the basics, I can only hope that one day, I will earn a voice to combat the larger picture and the support from those around me to do so.
Written (with love!) by Janis at 4:00 PM