The conclusion of the 2010-2011 school year comes at the end of this week, and I am truly thankful. I am not sad, I am overjoyed. I know that it has been one of the toughest years in my 25 year career, but I also know that I have given it all I possibly could give. I have only done what I have always done, and that is work within my calling. I am a servant of God. He chose me to teach, that is one of my gifts, and I teach with 100% determination, perseverance, and purpose. If my students faltered in any way, there is peace in knowing that I did all that I could do, each and every day.
I had a discussion with my principal recently. I expressed concern that educators today are not equipped or trained to deal with the changing generations we are teaching. Somewhere along the way, children became technologically responsive, but personally disconnected. Somewhere along the way, children were given what they wanted, but never had to work hard to earn anything. Somewhere along the way, parents allowed their children to disrespect their teachers because these children were imitating their parents. Somewhere along the way, teachers were expected to continue to reach, teach, love, guide, nurture, plan, facilitate, and educate regardless of the types of children they were given. This is what I have done, and for that reason, I am overjoyed to see the conclusion of this school year ahead of me. Although I am not trained to deal with the changing generations, I am highly trained and effective at doing what God gave me to do.
I know that in a matter of weeks, the fire will be reignited. The fire that calls me to the classroom in the Fall with new ideas, fresh materials, and a rekindling of desire will burn on high to make a changing generation believe the unchanging dedicated teacher!