At the start of a new school year, most educators go through a range of emotional responses. The two most common emotions experienced are feelings of excitement and some amount of anxiety. Then the early morning wake-ups, rush to avoid traffic, teaching, meetings, CPD sessions and driving in traffic to get home all begin take their toll on you. The weekends end quickly, giving way to a new week of the same routines. Naturally, some educators begin to feel a bit disconnected after a while. The inspiration disappears and counting the days until the next break in the school semester is all they seem to be able to do. If you find that you are already beginning to feel detached, here are a few inspirational quotes that will remind you of why you teach and the intrinsic rewards that this noble profession offers to us as educators.
“A good teacher, like a good entertainer first must hold his audience’s attention, then he can teach his lesson.” – John Henrik Clarke, writer, historian, professor.
An excellent way to approach teaching is to do so from the perspective of an entertainer. Prepare, be creative, inject some fun and laughter, and ensure that your students learn something new. Always leave them with something to think about. Would you want to view an entertainer who isn’t entertaining? If your answer is no, apply the same principle to how you approach your lessons. This does not mean that you are going to do tricks to make your students laugh. It simply means that you find creative ways to engage them, thus keeping their attention while you teach. Students who are engaged and excited about the lesson will display good classroom behaviour and will also find ways to surprise you during lessons. Include a bit more games, videos, group assignments, and special projects in your lessons. Ensure that the activities support the objectives that you have for your lesson. Teach students in ways that they learn best. Perform. Be an entertainer and soon you will find that you are inspired to do more. You will also realise that your students will become your biggest fans!
What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, lecturer, poet.
A lot of our motivation comes from a deep desire to succeed. We desire success to make ourselves proud, to inspire others and to feel purposeful. Often times, the biggest hindrance to our success is our affinity for thinking that we can predict the future, this way of thinking keeps us from enjoying the successes that we have in the moment. Inside all of us, is the extraordinary potential to surpass every goal that we could set for ourselves. When you are distracted by the noise of the past and the uncertainty of the future, you are not tapping into that powerful resource inside you. What lies inside of you is there for you to use now. The past is over, the future is not promised, you are here now. Be present in your moments, recognise what is happening and use it to create the life you desire.
These are just a few of the inspiring quotes that you can use to snap out of the monotony of daily routines. True happiness comes from within. Tap into that reservoir of inner strength, creative genius, love of life and gratitude inside you. You will find that there is no need to count the days until the next school break. You will wake up excited about your day; waiting in traffic will be a time utilised to further add to creative ideas that you have for your students and lessons and class time will be enjoyable for everyone. A happy teacher will ultimately find inspiration in the simplest of things and will be an inspiration to others without even trying. There is true inspiration right in front of you, take a look in the mirror.
By PreSha Barnes