“Cynicism can rot out a school the way termites rot out a wooden home”
In a blog written by Dr. Richard Curwin, I got to read up on of my favorite subjects:
Educators who have lost hope. With the little experience I have had in the field of education I have met many a cynic. They watch the clock count down, gripe about their students, and day dream about summer break when they can start having fun. It’s not very encouraging…apparently Dr. Curwin shares my sentiment.
“Cynicism is a plague that kills dreams. It sucks the life out of teachers and robs students of hope. No student deserves to have a teacher who has given up hope.”
I couldn’t agree more. Imagine how the student feels when they can tell from that bored expression on their teacher’s face how little that person believes in them? It’s not an environment that encourages learning for anyone. Hold strong teachers! Remember why you got into this field in the first place. It’s because we love education and it’s because we recognize that one of the most influential people a person will ever meet is a good teacher.
Have no fear, Curwin has a list of strategies that will help teachers fight off those cynical doldrums;
Five Strategies to Help Teachers Stop Cynical Feelings:
- Remember why you became a teacher and why you stay a teacher.
- Adopt a hopeless student.
- Adopt a cynical teacher.
- Communicate with those who affect you in school
- Feel good about what you can control.
With each of these techniques you motivate yourself and others. My favorite is number 5. There will always be difficult students and there will always be students that you just can’t crack but there will never be a point where you don’t recognize that at least you tried. Feel good about the fact that you made an attempt to change a person’s life, it’s an amazing feeling.
Overall I really enjoyed this blog. I was beginning to be afraid that cynicism in teachers was the norm and to be expected. It’s good to know that there are still educators out there that want to help. You can check out the rest of the blog at : http://www.edutopia.org/blog/cynicism-is-contagious-richard-curwin