Because I teach, I get asked all the time how we can possibly stand working with students all day every day without losing it. Three truths:
1) It’s usually more frustrating dealing with the other adults in the building than working with the students.
2) We feed off of their energy- like at a concert. Age group doesn’t matter- a building full of little kids or teenagers absolutely brims with energy we can tap into. It can be exhausting when we don’t have our bearings or are off our game, but most of the time, it lifts us up.
3) We’re all at least a little bit crazy, and we love this job and all its messy, chaotic humanness.