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March 19, 2012

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I beginning to think that the best approach might be to always be the best teacher you can be, but to only "fight" for short periods of time.

I never get burned out teaching, but after awhile, working on advocacy, teacher leadership and ed policy can become thankless and even demoralizing. So I back off for a few months and then pick back up.

I know I "should" want to keep up the fight. And I will, even though it feels futile.

Mark, it's a blessing and curse, isn't it? Mainly a blessing, to be part of a profession where we work with young people and help them develop the skills and dispositions to read and write and find a place in their lives for language and literature, and to find a place in language and literature for their lives. But we care so much about, and see so plainly what needs to happen to make it better for all of our kids, that we know we must stand up, speak out, and take on these essential but sometimes demoralizing battles. We cannot refrain, must not hide out. Keep up the good fight.

Mark-thank you for the fresh, positive perspective! Exactly what I needed to read this morning.

Mark, I am so with you on this one. When I think about ed policy, etc., I get angry, frustrated and depressed. Even writing about, which used to be fun, brings me down.

On the other hand, when I'm with my students I'm having a blast; it's just as much fun as it ever was and I feel more effective now than ever.

I don't think I'm burning out because I love my day job. But the politics, policy and the target on my back? I'm sick of it.

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