To precisely nobody’s surprise, statistics suggest that stress riddles the profession.
On any given day, a teacher will have thousands of personal interactions, many of which are touched by the kind of intellectual and emotional manoeuvring that typically characterises good teaching. That’s taxing, and there’s nowhere to hide. A task unfinished can feel like a tacit defeat; the kind of embarrassing, inner white flag that mocks all we would like to believe about ourselves.
And yet, who trumpets the many victories? A dear friend of mine told me the other day that he thought teachers were some of the most together people there are. His argument being that, in order to be and survive as a teacher, you had to be capable of managing a very intense psychological workload. “Sometimes I give myself a pat on the back for my efforts.” I’ve heard little more sensible than that in a long time.
Take a moment and give yourself that pat on the back. Because you have striven and fought and endured and survived and triumphed and failed and suffered and moved and inspired. All in a day’s work.
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