I understand being frustrated with things that add more time to your day. I understand preferring your routine. I understand being afraid of or annoyed by a new system, procedure, or leadership style. I don't understand doing anything less than everything you can to help students be successful.
This isn't to say that you can't have a bad day, a lazy day, or anything in between. We all do. Choosing to ignore or abandon some of our students when there is a chance that they could succeed? I don't understand that. I don't understand making that decision every day.
Some context. New campus procedure has been implemented and it is being worked through. It isn't perfect. Nothing ever is. That said, the attitude that the previous method worked for the majority of the students so that must mean it is the best and only way is unproductive and unacceptable. Nothing gets better that way.
The teacher asked why we should "fret over the bottom few that are never going to get it" no matter what happens. If that was your child would you be acceptable with their teacher feeling that way about them?
It is our duty to fret.
No, nobody feels like it every day, but there comes a day where you have to try. We are asking our students to grow. We are pushing them to always strive to be better than they were yesterday. Why shouldn't we hold ourselves to the same standard? Shouldn't we all want to improve? Better doesn't have to mean more work or inconvenience. It does require some willingness to be open and continue to growing. When we stop, our kids stop.
There's nothing wrong with continuing to strive for something better. The chance we find it is worth the risk.
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