Yesterday, I went into school to get some work done in my classroom. The past few times I’ve gone it, I had a goal in mind. Somehow, each time, some barrier came up to keep me from accomplishing my goal. It was beginning to feel very frustrating.
This year, I will be in a new room, teaching a new grade. The person in there before taught something completely different, and when she left, she took all of the “good stuff.” (She will be teaching on a cart, but took all of the storage. Except for the broken stuff.). I have no cubbies, no hooks, no curriculum materials. But I knew I would make it work.
Anyway, I spoke to my mom about some of the obstacles earlier in the summer, just to vent. Today, she told me a gift card was in the mail so I can get cubbies for my room. She feels badly that in year five, I’m still making a first year teacher’s salary, and that this spring and summer my bills have gone up $300 each month. Here’s the thing- she has been a single parent for about 20 years now and always had to save for everything. She doesn’t have extra money to spare. And, her position at work will be cut early in the fall. But she wanted me to have what I needed.
Also today, a coworker came to help me install some pieces I had gotten from another coworker. This was not a fun process, but she wanted to make sure it was done, and it was done well.
In the grand scheme of life, these three things are not huge. However, I feel so much better today than I have all summer. I finally got a huge thing done in my classroom, something I could not have done on my own. A while I know there are more than enough people who have no respect for teachers, my mom helped remind me today that there are people out there who value teachers. And there is at least one person out there who values me!
Now, how can I show kindness to others?!?