Teaching can be a lonely career at times. You, in your classroom, alone with all those children!
Many of us wouldn’t survive our teaching jobs without supportive coworkers by our side. Things are different between your regular friends and teacher friends. There are unspoken agreements and understandings, communication in just one look, and they always have your back. Sympathy flows for seemingly small annoyances, even when your regular friends don’t think it is a big deal.
When you have a bad idea, good teacher friends will tell you, “Hell, no!”. You can also run notes, lessons, and emails by your teacher friends before you make a million copies. Nothing is more embarrassing than having your students inform you of your mistakes!
Your teacher friends will always have a good stash of snacks at the ready… chocolate, bananas, cake—you name it. We know we will need it.
Having teacher friends who are passionate about teaching will also rub off on you. You’ll notice the various things they do in their classroom and take a little bit of that with you to your own classroom.
When you’ve had a less than perfect day of teaching, your teacher friends will be there to listen to you vent. They’ll be there to tell you that tomorrow will be a better day and that you are an amazing teacher. We have all been there.
By Sarah ©2019