Anyone Stressed?

April 1, 2014 | 3 Comments

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So I came across this quote today and couldn’t help but pause and laugh.

As an elementary school principal, leading a group of teachers and students into the next couple of weeks has “stress” written all over it!  Everywhere you turn people are stressed, kids are stressed, parents are stressed and yes, I am stressed!  It’s testing time and while I have come to look at that as a good thing because it’s evidence that students are learning, teachers are growing and we are all working together to make a better world, it doesn’t change the fact that, yes,  it’s a tiny bit stressful.

So as I read this quote, I laughed because it’s all in the way you look at it.  At school, we make an analogy between measurable data and the weight scale all the time.  Measurable data is like getting on the scale if you are on a diet.  You get on the scale and like it or not, a number looks back at you.  A real, very explainable number of the evidence of either your efforts or lack of efforts.  So many of us ask questions of ourselves before we get on the scale like did I exercise enough? Did I count my calories accurately?  Did I eat the right foods? Will the scale reflect it?

Or on the opposite side, “yes, I ate 3 pieces of pizza and a piece of cheesecake two days straight, did I gain weight”?  Well, more than likely, yes.  The thing about the scale though is that you were completely in control of what you ate, how much you exercised and whether you chose to eat correctly or not.  Take the analogy further, does the same principle apply to your classroom? well..

As a teacher, you can control only so many things when it comes to the classroom.  You can control if you are prepared, whether you know your content, how you teach the material and present concepts to your class.  You can also control how engaged students are and the types of questions you ask to measure learning.  You can work hard, plan right, teach well and then get on the scale, what will it say?

Hopefully, you understand what I’m getting at…  Sometimes the scale remains the same, sometimes the number goes up, sometimes it goes down, but really is it all that important?  What’s most important is that you did everything you could and more importantly how do you feel?

“Stressed is desserts spelled backwards”, your hard work will pay off in student growth because you worked hard, did your best and your students are all the better for it.  Desserts are awaiting!

3 Comments so far

  1.    Melissa Martinez on April 2, 2014 2:23 am      Reply

    I really appreciate this post. As we prepare for the AIMS I have learned to “Let it Go”! I have done my best, I have worked hard, and I feel that my students will do well. At this point I have given them the knowledge and the tools and they have to apply it, I can no longer hold their hands or guide them to finding the answers. In the end it is what it is and I can learn from it and move forward.

  2.    Michael R. on April 2, 2014 4:19 am      Reply

    My biggest problem is eating desserts when I’m stressed! j/k

    I agree with the sentiment of this post!

    I’m excited for the kids to show the world, that hard work inevitably pays off!

  3.    Hollie on April 3, 2014 5:56 pm      Reply

    At the end of the day our best has to be enough! It is in our nature to always want to give more or push harder. However, the results are the results and as long as you can say I gave it my all then you can rest well at night!
    Check out the book Thee 100/0 principle!

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