The Oxford English Dictionary defines impossible as “Not possible; that cannot be done or effected; that cannot exist or come into being; that cannot be, in existing or specified circumstances.” How these words ring true for teacher as each school year he or she has a student “that cannot be effected”, is asked to meet a standard that “cannot be done”, or run into a situation where a solution “cannot be in existing or specified circumstances? Having a successful school year at times can feel down-right impossible.
Being a teacher can be very discouraging at times. Students can seem impossible to reach either in the curriculum or in behavior. There are so many techniques to use, strategies to employ. How do we know what will work? Our principals and our school systems each year ask us to do more, be more, and help our students perform at a higher level. The expectations can be overwhelming. When dealing with students, parents, and administrators, teachers can feel like they are in a lose-lose situation.
But as the Summer Olympics just showed us, nothing is impossible with the right team and the right tools. The athletes are outstanding, yet they are supported by coaches, trainers, families, friends and other athletes. This group effort made the impossible possible.
As this new school year begins, I encourage you to make the impossible possible. But you can’t do it alone. Find your team, your support, and your tools. Then trust your stuff and swing for the fences!