Some days I feel like this turtle; lots of work for unseen rewards.
I have been teaching year 1 and 2 one day a week in a particular subject this term. I have some classes that are a pleasure to teach and make you realise your efforts are worthwhile and appreciated - not only by the students but their regular teachers. On the other hand, I have some classes that I simply dread taking. I must confess that there are only two classes that make me feel this way, and that I only feel this way because of the behaviour and attitude of a minority of students. I won't discuss here their behaviour and my reasoning behind it, but suffice to say, I feel sorry for the 'good' kids in their classes as I feel they are being deprived of an education because of those particular students.
Anyhoo, I got a comment from one of the teachers yesterday that made my heart sing. It came after a particularly trying session earlier in the day that left me wanting to scream in frustration, so it made me realise that I AM a good teacher after all. Behaviour management is my weak spot, I simply dislike confrontation unless I'm all riled up.
So, to Mrs T, thank you for your kind words and support. To you and your lovely class, it has made a big difference to how I see myself as a teacher AND a person. It's a shame the same can't be said about the teacher of one of my difficult classes.
It's the weekend. Let's enjoy ourselves!