“The most amazing teachers I know believe in all their students.”
This is always such a great thing to see but it also reminded me of something else.
Amazing teachers also believe in themselves.
The most common thing I see among struggling teachers are that they lack self-confidence and lack belief in themselves.
I’m not saying you have to be an egotistical maniac but just believe that you are a great teacher and you want the best for your students.
Believing in yourself doesn’t mean that you won’t make mistakes or that you won’t stumble along the way.
It means that you know that you will be able to get up and go on.
It means you will stop trying to second guess yourself and go ahead and try new things.
It means that you will know how to ask for help if you need it.
It means that you will learn from own mistakes and do better next time.
It means that you won’t stop trying to do better.
It means that your students will learn from your attitude.
It means you won’t give up.
This is also the hardest thing for a teacher to do because most teachers are humble and nurturing. It is hard to believe in themselves. Part of the reason is that many teachers think that believing in themselves means that they know it all and have learned all that they need to know which isn’t true. This is actually the complete opposite.
Believing in yourself means that you are comfortable in your own skin. You accept yourself for what you are along with all the flaws that you have. You strive to be a better teacher but you know your limitations and can work around them. You don’t accept the status quo.
I hope this coming year to find real life examples of teachers who believe in themselves and share them with you. If you know of any, please let me know their names and contact info.