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For years my goal has been to perfect first grade, knowing full well that I'll never see the day when I can check that off my list. Oddly enough the impossibility has never discouraged me.How can something be perfected when the variables are in a constant whirlwind of change? The kids, parents, administration, curriculum, society, etc. won't ever let me get too comfortable. Is this a bad thing? It doesn't have to be. The changes challenge and push me for constant improvement of my craft, to that unreachable goal of perfection.
As I look towards my future, I can't help but glance at my past. (insert cringe) I have to ask the question... Eighteen years ago when I was right out of college, did that class of innocent, eager little first graders learn anything from me? And what about the two or three years after that? I sadly shake my head, and then I can hear the voice that probably a hundred times over in moments like this has said, "They learn in spite of you." (Thank you Janice Sullivan for speaking those words into my life 16 years ago. They've repeatedly come to my rescue.)
A post from Life With Mrs. L reminded me that we teachers can be pretty hard on ourselves. Like Mrs. L said, "I am my own worst critic." Isn't that true? I left her a comment that brought me hope and hopefully her as well. I said, "...my future students are always going to learn from a better version of myself."
Today, 18 years into my profession, I think I have a fairly good grasp on my craft. Yet obviously I don't know what I'll know 10 years from now. Do I mourn for the children who I teach today? Of course not. They're learning from a better version of the teacher I am today compared to who I was even a few years ago. Instead of mourning, I expectantly look forward to continually perfecting who I am, knowing I'll always strive to make sure my students are learning from a better version of myself.
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