Feeling Humbled



#AprilBlogADay  — #4

“The most important story we will ever write in life is our own — not with ink, but with our daily choices.”     —  Richard Paul Evans

I have been a teacher for 16 years.  And for 15 of those years, I have taught in an affluent district with involved parents, dedicated teachers, and passionate administrators.  I thought our success (high standardized test scores, graduation rates, and percentage of students going on to college) was because we were quality teachers.

I have been actively involved in Twitter and blogging now for all of 6 months.  But…in that 6 months, I have been exposed to thoughts, ideas, lessons, and advice from teachers and administrators from all over the world.  I have seen intense passion for education and a willingness to spread that passion to others.  Some of the ideas that others are sharing have made me feel…well, inadequate. Inspired…but inadequate.  I see teachers produce these amazing, student-centered, mindful, active lessons while maintaining home lives, children, book writing, blog writing, Twitter Chat creating, and more.

What am I doing?  I am teaching.  I am grading.  I am communicating with parents.  Just recently I have started blogging.  How do these teachers do it…and do it well?

To be honest, I have no idea how they do it.  Maybe they are just better multi-taskers than I am.  BUT, while I am feeling inadequate, I am also feeling inspired to affect lives the way these teachers and administrators are. I hope by “stealing” lesson ideas from others, I will become better at my job and able to contribute to education in the ways they have.

Today, I am humbled.  I feel horribly inadequate, but am inspired to be more.  More for me, more for my students, more for my school, more for the world of education.

Accepting advice!  🙂



2 thoughts on “Feeling Humbled

  1. dstrandberg2015 says:

    Hang in there. I’d like to say it gets easier, but at 21 years and counting for me it hasn’t yet. The fact that you have feelings about it at all means that you are a better teacher than those who fall into stagnation. Welcome to blogging. I’m no veteran, but it is an inspiring and mostly friendly world.


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