- You did not die.
- You did not kill any of your students.
- You are a better teacher now than you were at the beginning of the year.
- Your bad days are better than many other teachers’ good days.
- You care about your students – enough that you take your own time to read about teaching. And the students can feel that caring.
- Some of what you taught, the students will remember. Most of what you taught, the students will forget. But something you taught might have started a process – a journey – a new way of seeing the world — that stuff you may never know about. But trust that it happened.
- Next year will be better than this year.
- Nobody ever looked back on their life and regretted their time as a teacher.
- There was one student out there who needed you. And you were there for him or her.
- As a teacher, you spent the year working on the most important things a person can work on: being a better person, and making the world a better place.
4 thoughts on “10 Things to Remember at the End of the School Year”
Evan…..thanks for this! Well said!
My pleasure! What would you add to the list?
Thanks, Evan. I would add that each school year is its own journey, marathon, adventure, whatever, and that everyone did it together. It was never a one-person show.
Very well said and very true.