Recently, Tracy and I were talking about work. More specifically, we were talking about excelling at work. At first I had to ponder this and I told Tracy that I didn't think I was excelling at work. I told her I believed I was in the middle of the pack. I didn't think I was doing horrible and I didn't think I was displaying excellence. So, I decided that I must just be mediocre at my job. This was a little unnerving, because I don't want to just be mediocre. Do you? A little while later though, I realized several things that have happened recently at work that show I am not mediocre. In the last few months a few things have happened that helped me realize that I must be doing great at my job.
I have had several successes at work in the last school year. Last year I was chosen to be the math representative on our school-wide literacy team. This team consists of one person from each subject taught at our school. I was also asked to present at a math conference last year by a couple of people who have been coming to our school to lead math strategy PLC trainings. In January I was chosen to attend the Math Design Collaborative meetings for our high school math team. I have been attending these meetings and am expected to bring back what I learn to share with the other high school math teachers. Recently our student government also voted me "teacher of the week" at our school. I find this to be an honor that our students chose me. We are also taking part in a new math program this year and a lady from the program comes once a month to sit in on a lesson and to offer advice. The last time she came she told our program coach (who later told me) that I had excellent classroom management skills.
Sometimes it is easy to get drawn into the hectic schedule, making plans, and all the hard work that it is easy to doubt yourself. It is easy to think you aren't living up to your expectations and easy to think you aren't doing as much as you should. But if you take a few minutes and really think about it, I bet you have had some recent successes at work too that will show you just how excellent you have been doing your job.