Perfectionism and Starting a School Year

If you didn't know it already, for better or worse, I'm quite the perfectionist. If you're a perfectionist, teaching can be a difficult profession. I want every lesson to be the perfect, most influential lesson my students have ever experienced, and while it's good to work with that as a goal, it's also not worth it to beat yourself up when that's not the case.

Last year I wrote a guest post in my school district's instruction and curriculum blog about having grace for yourself as a first year teacher. I'm going to have to extend that same grace to myself in my second year as well.

Because even though I will be at a different school and have more experience and training, there are still going to be days that I don't get it right. Maybe I didn't get enough sleep the night before or have a headache. Maybe a student throws up in the middle of my best lesson ever and I lose the class. Maybe for whatever reason, that amazing lesson I prepared just doesn't connect with my students.

Regardless, I'm not perfect, and neither are the 20 or so other people in my classroom.

So I have to keep reminding myself every day I need to show up and give my best to my students. It may not be my best ever, but my best that day. I need to rely on my team to help me and guide me. I need to make sure my students know I care about them and that they can trust me.

If I do those things, even if every day (or any day) isn't perfect, my year will have been a success.

Two weeks from tomorrow, my new students will walk into my classroom for the first time. I can't wait.