Harry Wong says there are four stages of effective teaching:
His description of surviving is so funny and so familiar. Teachers who give kids busy work. In elementary school, the ditto. In high school, reading the chapter. And my favorite line? "Friday? Here's a movie. It kind of relates."
"For the very new teachers," he says, "I give you permission to survive."
Whew. What a relief.
But, he goes on to say, if you've been teaching for years and are still just surviving? Something has gone wrong.
I feel like, as a mom, I'm still just surviving. When is it time to stop giving myself permission to survive?