It's so easy for me to fall in the trap of complaining and it happens to the best of us. I don't know why I still have a Facebook account because it only angers me when people teacher-bash on there. But I have to remember that I have had years of training to be a teacher, while parents have no training to be parents. So, when parents become over-sensitive and blind to the child's actions and tall tales, I need to keep this training in mind.
Recently there was a post from one of my friends on Facebook totally putting her daughter's teacher in a bad light, without a whole lot of proof to back it up other than her daughter's word. This morning I started writing a blog post quoting this person and all the awful comments that followed. Then I deleted it before going public, because that's not what this blog is about. There will always be some haters out there, but for each hater there are 100 supporters. So I looked to my teaching scrapbook for inspiration and a pick-me-up.
If you don't have a teaching scrapbook, you should start one. It's a place where I keep all the nice notes from my students and parents. It helps remind me why I'm here.
I've been a teacher for 13 years, so looking back on these many years of 'love' notes, I feel confident again. I have inspired a student to major in engineering. Just this past week a previous student and her husband came into school to see me, me! Seniors gave me shout-outs in the school newspaper for their good bye letters. A student told her parents that I never make her feel dumb, she said it so often that the parents felt a need to email and pass this information on to me. And of course for some students there are no words, just a connection.
So yes, we teachers have some haters, but we also have a lot of supporters. If for some reason you have lost your way, send a positive message home to a parent or two. You'll soon see how readily they'll compliment and thank you. Print out those emails, put them in a page protector and a three-ring binder. Next time you run into a teacher-basher, bite your tongue, and re-read your scrapbook.