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A Teaching Clog
The drain to my shower was clogged the other day, but baking soda saved the day!
It was one of those clogs where the water pools up and sits for a while before slowly disappearing and leaving a gross residue that has to be wiped immediately. I didn’t have time to wait until it took care of itself, so I used a good old home remedy to help it along… vinegar and baking soda. After a few minutes of carefully using this combination on the drain, the water began to move more rapidly and eventually flowed freely again. It honestly saved me hours of frustration that would have been waiting for me had I let the water sit all day long.
We All Face Teaching Clogs
Sometimes teaching can feel a lot like my shower drain. The normal flow that we often take for granted can become disrupted for some reason and require a remedy to help us move forward.
These “teaching clogs” are normal, and happen to every teacher. I know I have faced quite a few throughout my career. Just like the clog I faced with my shower, however, there is always a remedy, although some will be more difficult to handle than others. Sometimes we will need to seek out assistance to help clear the issues that have been building up for years, while other times it may be a simple ‘home remedy’ that will do the trick. Some clogs will require uncomfortable confrontation, while others may need us to accept a humbling truth.
YOU Are Not Alone!
Regardless of what the clog may be, the key thing to remember is that you are not in this alone. Identify your clog, be brave enough to attempt to find the tools needed to provide a remedy, and rely on those around you to support and help you through.
Today, I want to encourage you if you are in the midst of a clog. I want you to realize that whatever you may be going through in your teaching, even if it feels like no one could possibly understand, there are others who “get it.” Reach out to them. Realize that the students in front of you will be forever changed because of the impact you have on their lives. No clog you are struggling to unblock will ever change that. Take some time to step back and find the remedy you need to help things flow freely again.