I am doing this because I love my kids. Because my students are incredible creatures, who I may occasionally want to shoot with tranquilizer or send to a hypnotist, but who are still vessels of untapped, misguided, or unformed potential.
I think I need to remember that when all that’s getting me through my week of early duty, evaluations, weak plans, pressure from my principal, and negative zero time to take care of everything.
I am not doing this because I am an incredible person, have incredible lessons, or am incredibly talented. Some days, I’m just doin’ it, and I’m doin’ my darnedest for my kids and feeling like a failure under the pressure, so say what you will, fire me if you must, but I’m trying.