Harry Wong
Oct 2017
Vol 14 No 3

Cover Story

How a Good Girl Faces the Real World of Teaching
By Sharon Thomas

I have always been a Good Girl. I play by the rules. I meet expectations. I am punctual. I like pleasing my superiors. I excel at following directions. Being a Good Girl helps me to be a good teacher, a good employee, a good person. My principals tend to think I'm wonderful. My students often look up to me as a role model. My colleagues respect me. I have gone far in my little universe because I am a Good Girl.

Teachers usually are Good Girls and Boys. Typically, we were good students; we knew how to follow orders and bell-tones. Most importantly, we are people who want to do the right thing. But there's a problem: The world doesn't make sense to Good Girls and Boys.

The contrast between the way we think the world should work and the way the world actually is can break our hearts. That dichotomy makes us feel as if we are alone in upholding standards. It makes us feel as if no one appreciates how hard we work. It makes us feel as if we are fighting a losing battle - day after day, after day. The stress we feel as a result of those dashed expectations is what leads to bitterness and burnout.

To stay positive and focused in a job that can continually involve bashing one's head up against the proverbial wall, I have found that the secret to staving off burnout is to change my expectations, to change my view of the world, to change my definition of "Good." Bruce Springsteen1 says, "The great challenge of adulthood is holding on to your idealism after you lose your innocence." He is right. The conscious acknowledgment that the world is not all we thought it would be is the first step in taking charge of our world. The next step is taking responsibility for it....

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