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Two Writing Teachers
It was crazy hair day at school on Thursday. I was excited to get to school and see all the crazy hairdos. Lots of teachers decided to wear pigtails - it made them look like grade school girls. Two of our male teachers chose rainbow clown wigs.
The most impressive hairstyle was this one:
Colleen is a new teacher this year, teaching kindergarten in the morning and assisting students in the afternoon. Pretty fancy hair, right? Creative is the word I use to describe her!
What I admire about Colleen is her attitude. She's trying new things in her classroom every day. It might not work the exact way she planned, and she has her hands full with a few behaviors, but I have yet to see her get frustrated.
This makes me think about teachers' attitudes toward teaching. We can be in our first year, our twelfth year, or our thirty-second year, and our attitude is what makes our jobs easier or more difficult. I've really felt like I've been less than excellent in my teaching this year, but when I've exclaimed that to my coworkers, they respond that they didn't see it. I've kept a positive face and attitude.
I've tried to see the best in the adults I work with, but there's a few who lament, "I'm overwhelmed. It's just too much. I can't do it." It's frustrating to hear this.
I wish they would say, "This is tricky. I feel unsure of myself. I will give you my best effort and stop complaining and work with you to complete it."
Maybe I'm dreaming, but I think our students do this every day. They don't say it, and they may get red-faced frustrated, but they try.
Attitude is everything. We need to remember that as adults. I'm hoping spring break will breathe a little "can-do attitude" into my colleagues.