Can I Get A Break?

I cannot believe that we have made it half way through the year.  My school year started off a bit interesting and more challenging than I expected.  How many of us have that one associate or family member that says “you are so lucky you are a teacher, you get all the holidays off” ?

That has to be one of the last thoughts that rings through your mind.

A lot of outsiders think of our job as just a job with the benefits of holiday breaks; but we all know that is far fetched from the truth.  Our job is not our job; it’s our passion and purpose, well, for me it is.  I am happy to have a mental break from the “what can I do differently to reach this child, or how can I motivate my students”.

Let’s face it: even when school is out we still have the same thoughts. Ha!

With our younger generations, media has made it more challenging for them to actually critically think, but we know that already, so it is no longer a crutch that we can use.  We must take back the minds of our young people.

I noticed this school year my students had trouble maintaining their focus or even believing that it is possible for them to have and do better.  So, I spent countless days and nights thinking of a master plan.  I am a firm believe in you shouldn’t have a complaint without a solution.  I prayed very diligently asking God to guide me on this journey of purpose and to use me as a vessel.  Then this happened….

I started googling motivational strategies for student success; I talked to other teachers that made the statement you cannot reach them all.  I believe that everyone can be taught, but not everyone learns the same.  True, you may not reach that child in the moment you would like, but God has a way of using lessons and people in his perfect timing.  So, I refused to stop trying.  A lot of what our kids (I refer to my students as my kids) are distracted with have absolutely anything to do with school, but all about what happens at home.  Mental and emotional distractions are the worst.  A lot of our kids have never been pushed or told that limitations are barriers that we put around ourselves to protect us from the fear of failure. 2 Timothy 1:7 tells us otherwise.

I found this empowering video on youtube.

Change Your Mind and Become Successful

The response my students gave me was beyond belief.  Not only did this video empower and encourage my students, but it made me desire to work harder at my own purpose and success.  Now, I can officially rest up for the following week of school, because my kids now have a sense of purpose and hope. I challenge you to pay attention to that tug on your heart on the days you are tired with the politics of education, the days your data does not reflect what you have given out to your students, and the days that you are done with being an educator. There are little people that are watching you and counting on you to be THE DIFFERENCE that they have not witnessed in their own life.



Published by Andrea Pickens and Associates, LLC

Greetings: My name is Andrea S. Pickens; I have several years of experience in education and youth development all of which include teaching and leading youth in under-resourced and economically disadvantaged communities. I believe that it is critical to the academic and over success of our youth to have proper academic and social-emotional support. This support is often found in schools and after-school programs that intervene by providing tutoring/enrichment services and are equipped with effective teachers and leaders. My belief is that each child can learn, but not all children learn the same; diversity and equity is crucial to youth development. It is my mission as an educator, entrepreneur, and servant-leader to equip and empower others in youth development and education to reach our youth beyond the secondary classroom. Yours in Education, Andrea S. Pickens, M.Ed

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