Teaching is hard. It is a challenging enterprise. Don’t take this as whining, mind you. Teaching should be hard. It should push, challenge, stretch – force the teacher to continually be the learner through each day, month, and year as the career continues. Teaching isn’t the same day after day.
There’s an old adage in education that was once told to new teachers. It was, “Don’t smile until December”. The concept was that you wanted to start out heavy handed and restrictive in your classroom management so that you could eventually, by December, start to unloosen the ties that bind