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A letter to teachers.

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Dear Teachers,

You are amazing. Your work is incredible. You may not realize it yet, but you have made a decision that will forever change the lives of thousands of children. This is not a job to be taken lightly, if it were an easy one, there would be a lot of passionate and motivated teachers.

You have the responsibility to give your very best every day and to give even more the next day. As you embark on this journey, you may find yourself second-guessing your choice, feeling overworked and undervalued, and in need of a major vacation. You are entitled to all of these emotions. While you feel these things, though, do not forget to also feel and recognise the following:

There is no one like you.
There are many different types of teachers; think about all of those that you have encountered throughout your educational career. No matter how much those teachers and experiences may have shaped you, you are now your brand of excellence in the classroom. Take what you have learned, embody the likeness of those before you, and make it even better. You are here because you are meant to be, and you now have the chance to impact others in the same way that those who came before you made an impact on you.

You are enough.
Feeling like you are not doing enough? That's more common than you think. There will always be something you think you should improve or change, which makes you so fantastic. This is something that most of us suffer from.

Think about your favourite teacher; he or she felt the same things you are feeling now, but as a student, is that what you noticed? No. You are harder on yourself than any student will be. You are more than enough as you are.

You are changing lives.
Standing at the front of a classroom daily, are you aware of just how much influence you have? You get to choose the type of experience you provide for your students. You get to choose how they remember school and the way it made them feel when they reflect on it 20 years from now.

You can be someone’s safe space, coach, cheerleader, form of structure, and even guardian angel. You will wear many hats, and you will excel in every one of them. To be so many things to so many people in power is not to be taken lightly but to be relished with pride and honour.

You are loved.
It may not always show on your students’ faces or in their actions, but you are loved beyond measure. You will spend more time with these students each school year than most parents will with their children. There will be times when you have to be hard on them, and it won’t be easy, especially when you feel that you have broken the bridge between you and them. There will be times when you have to build up your students, almost obsessively so, and your efforts won’t feel valued.

Continue to push yourself, and make yourself better, but don’t let the ups and downs deter you from the bigger picture: You are doing just fine. You are doing fantastic. You are here because you are meant to be, you have power, you are loved, you are life-changing, you are one of a kind, and you can do this.

Source: Teacher Vision

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