The following quotes that you shared have inspired me in ways I didn't expect.
"Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success." (Dale Carnegie)
"Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose." (Bill Gates)
Both of these quotes made me feel better about my current situation as a teacher. I know I am new at this, but this week was particularly hard for me. I had two IEP meetings back to back and the first one was just so sad. I was in a room full of people, counselors, fellow teachers, psychiatrists, and the parents of this student. To see him so unwound and not willing to come to school really hit me hard and made me really see the side of one of my students I had no idea about.
The second IEP was polar opposite of the first. The second IEP meeting I had was one that made me feel really good about being a teacher. It was a student with definite reading issues but he is one of my best students. He is so respectful and a pleasure to have in class. Comparing him to the previous student was like comparing apples and oranges.
When I got home that night all I could do was think about the differences between the two students. It’s like it was in that moment I realized just how hard it is to be a true teacher. Understanding that this journey as a teacher will be filled with such difficulties and success make it bittersweet for me. And while I know I won’t reach every single student that walks through my door, maybe through my failures with them they will be my successes with those students I am able to reach.