I could view the students as obstacles that need to be conquered and my colleagues as people who take up too much time or none at all. I could view my administration as the enemy, and my standards as chokeholds around my teaching. I could blame the system for my lack of progress and I could feel good that at least I tried. But I don’t.
I choose every morning to believe in my own abilities as a teacher and as a human being. I choose to be positive, thinking that today will be the best day I could ever make. Today my students will conquer mountains and guide me on new paths. My colleagues will inspire me if I reach out, and then will support me through my journey. My administration will hold me to high standards because they believe I will soar. The standards are simply guides and they can be worked with much easier than worked against. The standards do no tell me that I have to prep my students for tests, or even how I should teach, but only what our goals should be and those can be reached in many ways. I choose to fight the system from within and change it the way I can. I do it for my own sanity and for the curiosity of my students.
Every day I have a choice in how I will view the world, and although I wake up grumpy (just ask my husband), and bogged down by all of the forces working against me, I slip on my teacher super power suit and I stay positive. The last thing schools need is another person bringing it down. The world is already trying to do that. So what do you choose?