Being an Instructional Tech Specialist allows me access to many teachers. I service 4 campuses. My days are spent as a troubleshooter, a curriculum specialist, a creator, and a trainer. Many days I also serve as a confidant. There are times when all that is needed is someone to listen. I hear many things. I feel very blessed that I am trusted enough by my teacher friends that they feel they can confide in me. What they probably don’t realize is that they help me more than I could ever help them. They help put things into perspective and motivate me to work even harder. I work for them. Whatever I can do to make things better for them I am willing to try.
This past week I had a conversation with a group of teachers. They were discussing the stresses of the profession. We all know there are plenty. One teacher made a comment that stuck with me. In dealing with the stresses of our profession, or any profession for that matter, it’s the little things that can pull you through. A simple thank you, a note on your desk saying you are doing a good job, or a surprise cookie in your box or delivered to your door can make all the difference in the world. Too often these days society thinks the only thing people appreciate are big rewards…money, time, awards. In truth many “little things” will be appreciated more than one big reward. A personal touch to a simple gesture goes a long way.
Teachers and administrators alike, keep this in mind when working with your students and teachers. A personal note, a pat on the back, a smile and a “thank you” can be the little things that can turn someone’s day, week, or year around. Take time to do, and to enjoy, the little things.