Which Wolf Wins?

As the saying goes: the wolf you feed is the one that wins

Cindy Shapiro
Teachers on Fire Magazine

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Photo by Marc-Olivier Jodoin on Unsplash

There’s never enough in education: time, money, patience, resources — I could go on — but I won’t.

Too many teachers I’ve known get stuck in the downward spiral of ragging on just about everything, and just about everything that comes out of their mouths is a negative statement or criticism of some aspect of their school, their colleagues, and even their students.

Negative thinking does little to solve problems. And negative talk is toxic — worse than any virus — in the teachers’ lounge.

That’s not to say I’ve never been in a rut as a teacher. I have. And it’s not to say that I’ve never felt hopeless, facing situations that were so much larger than me and my little classroom. It’s too easy to step in the quicksand of “no one cares,” “there’s not enough,” or even “admin is unfair.”

The best solution — the only way forward — it to feed the right wolf.

About a week ago, I could sense the tide shifting to the negative at my school. There was a big reason for it: testing season. The month that is standardized testing month is disruptive to learning and classroom routines — it’s a fact. And based on the chatter around school, it felt as though we were knee-deep in negativity.

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Cindy Shapiro
Teachers on Fire Magazine

Cindy Shapiro is long-time teacher living in Colorado. As a writer, she aims to elevate teachers’ voices and provide insight on issues in education.