Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Teacher's Reward

Mental toughness is many things and rather difficult to explain. Its qualities are sacrifice and self-denial. Also, most importantly, it is combined with a perfectly disciplined will that refuses to give in. It's a state of mind-you could call it character in action."
~Vince Lombardi

Making conscious decisions everyday to put the children first speaks volumes as to what we as educators value. Creating variety in the learning environment is completely up to you…but that is the key to holding the children’s interest, sense of exploration, and enthusiasm about the classroom and how they feel about school. Our own mental energy is what will limit our children. Being the consistent person in the classroom is needful as well. You are the one person that holds the program together in that sense…providing consistency. Being the shoulder to cry on, the ear that will listen, and the cheerful face that provides a ready approving smile of encouragement. Yes, it’s difficult at times…and our payment is not visible on a paycheck. The reward is on the inward part of the heart….It’s just what good teachers do.

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