Surviving Teaching… truly

Hello! This is the first post I have made in a few months because life has picked up speed and I have been truly just ‘surviving teaching’. Welcome back to reading!

I often get asked why I decided to call my blog Surviving Teaching, because it may elude a negative tone and generally education embodies positivity and optimism. The truth is, I decided on Surviving Teaching because as teachers, sometimes we thrive and rock it, and sometimes we are just figuring out how to be the best we can for those kiddos and are just trying to survive. I wanted to present an authentic perspective of what went into teaching, all the great and stellar moments, but also the ones where you question your sanity and at times want to claw your eye balls out.

The last few months, for me, have taken surviving teaching to another level. 

In September I began my Masters of Education journey with the University of Portland, I thought it was going to be easy to balance the needs of a full time teaching job, ESL instructional coach, planning a wedding, teaching Ukrainian dance and being a student.

HA! I was wrong.

Don’t get me wrong, I have LOVED moving through the journey of going back to school and exploring areas of leadership. BUT, as a new teacher who already has a ton on the go… it has been rough. Some days are hard, like really hard. And the online world of education and social media tends to portray the great and fantastic things about being a teacher. Nothing can prepare you for the feeling of a student loosing it on you and expressing you aren’t doing a good job, nothing can prepare you for the heart break you feel when they are suffering, nothing can prepare you for the amount of patience and grit you are required to have to truly give 100% every day…. its hard.

Some days, I truly wonder if I want to be a teacher, and I definitely know other people are with me on this one.

I have been doing a lot of self reflecting over the past few months about my purpose in life, why I am here, what if I am no where near what I am destined to do. But, one wise friend of mine told me “it is ok to be blissfully dissatisfied with your life”.

The idea of being blissfully dissatisfied changed my perspective on what I am accomplishing now in my life and where I am destined to go. The blissful part comes from being truly happy where I am in my life; amazing students, great classroom, stellar support system, opportunities to grow and learn. However, the dissatisfied part comes from knowing there is something bigger and better waiting for me in my future self.

I have summed it all into one thought. Surviving Teaching… is all about being blissfully dissatisfied. About being present and happy in the moment no matter what is being thrown at us and knowing we are doing everything we can to push on and arrive how we can for our students. But the other side of it also includes enough dissatisfaction to challenge the present, grow, learn more and want more.

For everyone else struggling through balancing what ever you have going, I am with you. Surviving teaching is going to be our greatest accomplishment, and it is ok to be blissfully dissatisfied.

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Cheers,

Miss Rylance

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World Teacher Day: celebrating you!

Happy World Teacher Day!

www.unesco.org states that…

“World Teachers’ Day aims to focus on “appreciating, assessing and improving the educators of the world” and to provide an opportunity to consider issues related to teachers and teaching”

When I think about everything that comes with being a teacher, I think about so many things. Some of them include how lucky I am to live in a place where education and teachers are appreciated and how motivated I feel to improve the lives of teachers and learners in my own developments; but mostly, I feel so grateful that I have the best job in the world.

So this post is dedication for all of you fellow teachers out there. I am so proud to serve with you and I am proud of the difference that we are creating daily.

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To celebrate World Teacher Day, I decided to write a positive and uplifting post about the 7 best things I love about being a teacher. When I tell people about how passionate I am about my job, people usually think I am crazy BUT hopefully this sheds light on why it is so worth!

Reason #1: The Kids

I think this is the most cliche reason that teachers love to teach. But for me, its so much more than just working with a wonderful bunch of people. My students are like a beacon of light in my life, they give me energy and hope on the hard days, they teach me so many things about humanity and the ‘latest’ and greatest things, they bring me joy.

My students are my why. My students are why working so hard is worth it. They are my #1 reason.

Reason #2: Helping them discover themselves

I also love seeing how my students are deciding who they are going to be in the world. How they are going to be the game changers and world shakers. AND I love being a part of that discovery.

I love empowering different parts of them and helping them see their strengths and how they can change the world, I love making a difference in the person and path they are going to have.

Reason #3: My work is meaningful

I firstly just want to say, that I think many people have important work in our world and everyone contributes to making our lives awesome. But I love that my work is meaningful and making a big difference in the path of our future.

It is sometimes discouraging listening to the news, realizing the opinions and actions of others, and know that I can have a small part in making a difference in people and in lives is so worth it for me.

Teachers- you are doing awesome things.

Reason #4: The ripple effect

Teachers are making impactful change- hands down- but the change that we are creating in society is sometimes missed. The reality of why I love my job is because we are changing the world from the bottom up, teaching the future doctors, prime ministers, teachers, business people, mothers, fathers of our world- that is epic.

Reason #5: Spreading my passions

Selfishly, I love that I get to talk about what I love every single day, and I get to make my students excited about it too. World politics, cultures, languages, literature, and being Ukrainian- what else could be more amazing.

Reason #6: The fame

I love feeling important to around 160 little people every day. With all the classes I teach, I have just over 160 kids. I like to refer to it as ‘the fame’ because we all know that there is no true fame in teaching; however, feeling important and knowing that the connections I am making with these kids are long lasting is so worth it.

Reason #7: Life long learning

Practice what you preach… that’s my motto when it comes to learning. I have a deep love and passion for learning from new people, new places, new things and I absolutely love that by being in a learning environment, I can continue to learn.

My students push me to learn new things, and I feel accountable to continue to better myself for them.

So today, here is my challenge to you. Think about a teacher through your life who has had an impact on your life. Reach out to them and tell them, or thank them in your heart for the universe put them in your path.

For all you teachers out there, know that you are doing an AMAZING job and that you are enough in this crazy profession we are in.

Enjoy World Teachers Day!

Cheers,

Miss Rylance