0062: On Taking a Break and #Revolution
#teaching #learning #testing
Holidays for educators can be many things, but we all know they’re absolutely necessary. After three months of the grind, no matter how much we love it, we need a break. Maybe we need to catch up on grading (probably shouldn’t). Maybe we need to reflect. We need time in the proverbial mountains to refresh, reload, and rethink. Our minds are beat. We have to take time to completely separate and simply be people. Sometimes we need a break to remember our own humanity. It’s important to remember that we are people first, real humans, not JUST teachers. This fact of our own humanity is of the utmost importance in an environment that stresses mass standardization. Our system is flawed, we mustn’t be flawed in the ways the system is. We must strive to maintain our own humanity so we can ensure that same reality for our students. We must remember that we are not the machine, simply workers within it. We are powerful. It must run the way we deem it necessary. We, the teachers, are the powers at be. We choose to implement curriculum. We have the power to give or keep power. It is our obligation to let and help people thrive as humans in an inhumane system. We have a choice. Always.
We will return to a tumult that is the final approach to the Great Test. Remember that is not why we teach. One last drink before we leave our mountain top. Cheers.
#edchat #teacher #holiday
Tired and weary educators if you haven’t begun your holiday, you will soon. Enjoy some time to yourself free of thought about what may come. Be quiet and still. Quiet your weary souls. There will be more to do when you return. The fight will continue. You are a teacher, but first you are a human. Go and make merry. Cheers to you all.