You Set the Tone

With schools getting back up and running in the midst of the Covid pandemic, it’s understandable that many teachers are already feeling stressed out and possibly even defeated. I understand because I am one of them. I’m going to be teaching a combination of face-to-face and online classes at the same time, and I worry about doing a good job with all of it.

It’s completely understandable that the many of us feel this way, but can we do one thing? Can we try to leave the negative behind? I know teachers. We like to get together and talk about all of the things that are wrong and how they could be better. I’m one of them. I get caught up in all the problems that I see. The problem is that those conversations can quickly spiral out of control.

Your mindset will determine the kind of day you will have. And trust me, I’m speaking to myself just as much as anyone else. If you only focus on the negative, your days are going to be rough. Let’s try to see the good. This year is going to be hard enough; we don’t need to make it harder than it already is.

You set the tone in your classroom. Set a positive and encouraging one for your students and your fellow educators. We’re going to experience all kinds of difficulties, but let’s try to keep that out the classroom as much as possible. Your students need you. Your colleagues need you. Let’s try to add more positive into the world, not more negative.

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