I’ve had a few observations lately. One was from a student preparing to be a teacher. It made me think…

What is the best advice I can give her? What is one thing I wish someone would have told me when I first started teaching?

Then (when my computer – which was connected to the projector and powering our lesson- restarted in the middle of the class) it hit me!

No lesson is perfect!

No class runs exactly as planned.

Learn to be flexible!  

I’ve heard people say things like … “After the first year, it is EASY!”

Ha-Ha. (laugh to keep from crying)

It wasn’t that way for me… there are always factors that require us to change, adapt, or rethink what we do in the classroom. For me, I spent 2 years figuring out how to work outside of the textbook. Then I got iPads and had to sort of re-plan everything! My students blogged for a year and then private and safe Edmodo was born.  The quicker we can learn to “roll with the punches” the easier it gets! I started keeping track of all the “x factors” that cause my “perfect” lessons to not go as planned…

teacher problems

Now this wasn’t all in one day. Good thing! I would have never survived! There are a lot of things that are outside of a teacher’s control. We can only plan for what we do know and control how we react to each day!

What I am trying to say is this:

If you have a goal and are working to help your students reach it and are striving to be a little better each day…

You are on the right track! 

I know the job can be hard and I’ve heard a lot of teachers say they feel frustrated and a little beat up after a tough day. Keep your head up and know you don’t have to be PERFECT! No one is! Just be FLEXIBLE and get a little better each day.