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Am I doing enough?

This is a question that I've been asking myself lately. At times it is from the perspective of a parent, but it seems most comes from the perspective of a teacher.

Why is this question so dominating? Why do I (and so many others) have this question constantly running through their minds?

Answer: I don't know. I do have some ideas though. Maybe it's because we constantly judge ourselves on how our students do on every single task we give them. Maybe it's because we feel bad if one of our students acts out when supervised by another adult at school. Maybe it's because we equate standardized test scores to how we are performing as teachers. Maybe it's because...the list of opportunities to judge ourselves as 'not enough' goes on and on.

I've pondered when this feeling of 'not enough-ness' starts. I mean really. Think about it. I have a 11 month old son that just started walking and he certainly doesn't seem to be thinking he's 'not enough'. He falls down. Gets back up and tries again. At no point is he stopping along the way and debating whether or not he's 'enough' to get better at walking or whether he should continue to practice in order to feel success.

The reality is that we are enough. We have always been enough and we always will be enough. While things outside of our control will tell us that we aren't, we have the ability to know that we are.

Taking time to consider how I'm using my time has been critical for me being able to show up for my family and students. When I have a good understanding of what I'm doing with my time and what I've prioritized, I have control over how I feel about it. So, when thoughts come up about 'enough-ness' I no longer dwell on it for days. I simply remind myself what's important to me, what I can do about the situation while remaining balanced and remain grateful for all the opportunities I have in life.

Don't let others define what it means to be enough.

You are enough.

You just needed a reminder as we all do sometimes.

What are we doing for others? Teachers seem to be doing a lot for others, especially our students.

Sometimes too much...But when's the last time you did something for yourself?

You can't pour from an empty cup.

Fill yours up so you can help our students fill theirs...
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Heard this quote at a professional development session today and thought it was worth sharing.

This seems to be what many teachers are trying to accomplish in some way.

There was a reason why we chose to become teachers.
For me it was the opportunity to be a positive male role model in a society that I thought was lacking in them. That was 11 years ago.

While it's easy to judge what's happening in our society and deem it negative and wrong, I have found it more worthwhile to focus on what I can do to help.

What can I do on a daily basis to model empathy, understanding and inclusiveness wherever I go. That's what I have control over. I have control of how I treat myself and the people I encounter.

And while it can be challenging to do, it's worth it to me.

Why did you become a teacher?
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"From this research, it appears that teachers who are perceived to be more credible will produce more positive affect towards themselves and/or the content of the class and increase the likelihood a student will take another class in the same content area and/or with that same teacher. It also indicates that the students' cognitive learning is related to their perceptions of their teachers' credibility-the higher the credibility, the higher the learning." Source:

The Impact of Teacher Immediacy and Misbehaviors on Teacher Credibility (Thweatt & McCrosky, 1996)
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Because students will view you as more competent and having higher character if you use them.

What is "affinity" anyway?

It's having "a positive attitude towards another person" according to McCrosky and Wheeless (1976). What is "affinity seeking"? Apparently, it's the process people use when attempting to get others to like them.

Two guys (Frymier & Thompson, 1992) studied the effects of affinity seeking behaviors on perceptions of teacher credibility and found that they had a big impact on how students perceived their teachers. The researchers found that these behaviors positively related to what students thought about the competence and character of the teacher in a significant way.

So what, right? What can we do to increase our "affinity seeking behaviors"? Here's an idea that has worked for me.

1. Find a way to like yourself so others (students) will end up liking you.

This whole idea of using "affinity seeking behaviors" is really just a fancy way of saying that we gotta find a way to get students to like us. How do we do that? Haven't we all been down this road, a lot? We have someone we like and we really want them to like us. So, we change the way we dress/act/eat/play/sit/talk, etc. And, inevitably it doesn't work. It did for a little while but eventually we come to our senses. We realize we couldn't keep acting we were someone else and finally realized that we'd much rather be ourselves. Finally, we realize that who we really are is enough.

This is the point. When we realize that we are enough, we no longer need put on the act. We can just be happy with who we are and content that we are this way.

Affinity seeking behaviors, to me, are behaviors that make us who we are as individuals. No one can tell you how to get others to like you if you don't like yourself.

Find a way to like yourself.

Your students need you.

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Taking time to write down what I'm grateful for has changed the way I view the world.

There are so many people, things and experiences I'm grateful for on a daily basis.

I am extremely grateful for the students on our team as well as the opportunity to work with them on a daily basis.

Not only do they make me laugh and keep me up to date on the latest trends, they themselves provide me the opportunity to do something I love. And that is to teach.

Without students there are no teachers. .
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So....in order for what we say to have any type of meaning to students we (apparently) need to be credible.

This seems so obvious. As adults we meet people all the time that we wouldn't trust with our own children (cats/dogs too) and it seems we base this off the 'vibe' we get from them. And as students ourselves, we all remember the teacher that was clueless, the teacher that cared, the teacher that smelled and the teacher that everyone respected. You may not have liked this teacher but you definitely respected them.

So how are the students we see any different from us when we were students? Based on the topic at hand, it seems like there is very little from my perspective. Just like we were, our students pick up all the intangible characteristics that make people come across as credible. They pick up on (perceive) who is there for them and who doesn't care. They pick up on who is going to challenge them and who is going to bore them. They pick up on everything!

Just like we did when we were sitting in their seats.
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And I just wanna know what's in your head
Write it on a piece of paper, honey #thoughts#diaries#travel#Journey#memories#past#life#immediacy#write

Weird, right.

I had a conversation with a student recently about reputation. The idea that our words and actions, combined, leave others with a certain residue, or aftertaste, of who we are and what we are all about.

This message of reputation and its importance was reiterated countless times growing up. Mainly by teachers and coaches for me. So, as a teacher, I find myself having those same thoughts when I see students acting in ways that may alter how peers (and yes, teachers) think of them.
So I began reflecting on my current view of reputations and their significance. I've come to find that I very much care about what others think of me.
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I care what students think and say about me.
I care what my fellow teachers think of me as a co-worker.
I care about how my wife and children view me.

BUT.

At the very same time, I don't at all. And here's why, based on my current understanding.

I just can't.

If I cared too much about what everyone thought of me, I wouldn't be able to be who I really am. I wouldn't be able to be my true self in front of my students. I wouldn't be able to genuine with the teachers I work with. Most importantly, I wouldn't be modeling what it is that I want for my own children. And that is for them to love themselves so fiercely and to be so full of gratitude for every ability they have as the perfect humans they are so that no exterior force will begin to make them question who they are.

Setting bias aside, imagine for a moment if everyone loved themselves for who they were. Imagine a society filled with people that felt no need to harm others due to their own feelings of inadequacy. A world where people knew, then acted like there was enough for everyone.

I like that world. Don't you?
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