You’re Only Human

Say you have 25 children in your class. Out of these, one has special needs, three are slow learners, one you’d swear is attention deficit, three are a handful behaviorally, one has a remarkable talent for drawing and another is doing arithmetic three years ahead of everybody else. And, you’ve got 15 other kids, each with his or her own needs, plus 50 parents who want the best for their child. How do you keep everybody happy, without losing your mind? You can’t!

Inspiring each and every child in your class to achieve their highest potential is the goal you aim for, but in reality it’s a mission impossible. Hundreds of wonderful strategies to help children learn are at the fingertips of teachers, but they never see the classroom, because teachers simply don’t have the time to implement them.

My best advice for you is to know you limits, and don’t try to be a superman or woman. Doing too much can be as detrimental to you as doing too little is to your students. Teaching is not about giving 110 percent everyday, and quitting after two years because you’re tired or sick of it. Teaching is about knowing where to stop, even if you feel like doing more, and lasting.