I started blogging about five yeas ago. In fact this summer will be exactly five. My why was simple, I wanted to connect, share, and collaborate with other teachers. As the years have gone by I have done exactly that. I have met many teachers through social media, education conferences, blogger/teacher meet ups, and professional development sessions. I have listened to stories about their classrooms, their why’s, and shared what we love most about teaching. This, right here is where the story behind today’s quote “Take Steps, Not Leaps” begins.
As teachers we tend to take leaps, better yet leaps of faith in everything we do especially in the classroom because our job demands it. Yes, teaching demands that we take leaps in the implementation of curriculum, activities, lessons, and even assignments. Hence, the saying “fake it till you make it,” right? Can you relate?
We often have to fake it till we make it, because instead of taking the necessary steps to learn and implement the curriculum, adapt the lesson, or differentiate the activity. “Time” does not allow us to take those steps. Better yet, today we receive training on what the curriculum is, then we are expected to start full throttle the next. Unfortunately and consequently, we rush, make mistakes, get frustrated, and quit momentarily until we compose ourselves again and try again the next day… but some don’t and unfortunately some teachers quit leaving our beautiful profession.
Is this you? Are you taking leaps, not steps in your career? Are you at the verge of quitting or stuck in a chronic wheel of frustration? If so, STOP and begin to take steps, not leaps. You see, when you physically, mentally, and emotionally make the decision to take steps, not leaps you will realize that steps are doable, much easier, and in reach. Thus in order to thrive in our classrooms and in our careers, we must learn to take steps not leaps. Life will be much easier. I promise! Your planning requires steps, your creativity takes steps, for goodness sake making coffee takes steps and if we don’t follow them correctly we have one HOT coffee mess! Therefore, take steps, not leaps. Your life, you and your classroom will thrive step by step and before your know it, you will have taken one big leap.
~The steps of a good and righteous man [Teacher] are directed and established by the Lord, and He delights in his way.
Taking Steps… Not Leaps,