Into my second week of school, everything was settling in and feeling good.
Then I made the mistake of searching for a story online. I did find a story to use, but I also
was distracted to an awesome Pinterest site for 5th grade. Yikes. As is perused down the
page, I felt myself start to question… well.. everything. My chalkboard drawings didn’t look
like those works of art, and our main lesson pages couldn’t compare. Should I be going that in depth in my main lesson block?
I shut my computer and went back to teaching.
It can happen to anyone. That innocent surfing; checking out blogs and
yes, now Pinterest. Such visuals! All can be helpful with inspiration, resources and ideas.
But, that can also lead to second guessing and wondering if we “are doing enough”
with our children.
We forget about all the things we are doing each day that is “teaching” our kids.
Whether it is learning to budget & shop at the market, picking vegetables for
dinner, or caring for pets. Our days and lives are filled with minute teaching moments
that can not be compared to a school, classroom or blog.
In Waldorf schools there are handwork teachers, music teachers, main lesson teachers , etc. We are only 1 teacher.
Let’s be fair to ourselves. We can draw on our strengths, grow and strive to expand and learn, but
not be unrealistic.
We are doing plenty