"Know your worth." That thought has been going through my mind all week. From the top down, teachers are often reminded of our worth both collectively and individually.
Our students let us know
what they think on a daily basis. Sometimes their parents share their
opinions. Our bosses evaluate our efforts, and then our politicians and
elected officials weigh in on the matter. Finally, the media puts in
their two cents. And of course, we get the monthly reminder in the form
of a paycheck.
We know the work that we do is valuable. We know the amount of time we give to this profession is in direct proportion to our passion. But then a message, intended or not, comes through loud and clear: your work is not valuable and not a priority.
I stop. I reevaluate. I doubt. I try to remember to look up. I breathe.
What am I worth? This morning, I am worth a 2nd cup of coffee. Well, at least I think I am...
Our State has been busy lately, and some weeks it is tough to be a teacher. This would be one of those.