Lutheran teachers, you have permission. First, you have permission to not be exceptionally excited about curriculum mapping and other after school activities that administrators place before you. This is the time of year that schedules get tossed aside and it seems that we “wing it” through the month of December. Please understand that–as one of my colleagues put it so eloquently–“We aren’t doing this for ourselves; this is for the kids. It is just like report cards.” So, as you have done for years, please continue to work faithfully. Remember that you do this–everything that is part of “this”–for the kids.
Second, you have permission to not be “epic” or “awesome” all of the time. When I see teachers who think they need to apologize because they are not integrating the latest technology into every lesson, I want to give them a hug and say, “You are doing a GREAT job!” Not every lesson is going to be something that makes the front-page of Edutopia. It doesn’t have to be the latest thing you have seen on Pinterest. You may not get a 1,000 re-Tweets. And that is just fine. You know your class and you know what they need. Sometimes the personal conversation is far more powerful and leaves a deeper impression than the latest app.
Third, you have permission to fail. Please DO try to incorporate technology when appropriate. Try to change up an old lesson. Try new things, and–please–fail. Let students see how you react when something does not go well. Let them see how you deal with disappointment. Let them know that you are not perfect–you are human. So try new things. Some will work; some won’t. And that is okay.
God bless you in your work! I know that this can be an extremely stressful time as you grade papers, put together report cards, coach basketball, work on Christmas programs, and arrange class Christmas parties. You are in my prayers.