There is enough to deal with inside the classroom. Don’t get distracted by all the noise outside your four walls.
Back to back blogs with soliloquies from the king, Bill Murray.
Camp North Star is down big to rival, Camp Mohawk. All seems lost. Until Bill Murray (Tripper) gives a rousing speech which turns the tides leading to the ultimate underdog victory.
How does Tripper do it? Does he have a new gameplan? Did he discover a loophole in the competition? Is he highlighting the strengths and talents of his campers? Does he share Camp Mohawk’s greatest weakness?
None of the above.
Tripper’s master plan is, “It just doesn’t matter.”
Tripper highlights all of Camp Mohawk’s advantages (great athletes, best equipment money can buy, personal masseuses, training methods from the Soviet Union, etc.). He puts into words what everyone is thinking. All of Camp North Star is consumed with how wonderful Camp Mohawk is. They are focusing on what they can’t control, not what they can.
His solution is simple, stop worrying about Camp Mohawk. Not only does it not benefit Camp North Star in the competition, but it is actually making them perform worse.
I don’t know if Tripper believes that Camp North Star can win. I do know that he believes that they will have a lot more fun, play better, and have a better shot at winning if they stop focusing on Camp Mohawk.
Social media is great! Unless you are looking for positive stories about teaching in America. Twitter and Facebook are littered with information about the mistreatment of teachers. Whether it is teacher pay, insurance, or general respect, educators seem to be on the short end most of the time.
This post aims to solve none of those problems. Rather, my advice, or Tripper’s advice, is, “It just doesn’t matter.”
As a teacher there are a million things that are out of your control. What you can control is what happens in your classroom when it is just you and your students.
Choose to spend the time focused on meeting the needs of your students. Be grateful that you have the opportunity to make a difference in someone else’s life.
You may not have many resources, but you have the most important resource, time. With time and a desire to always do what is best for your students, you can make all the difference.
Those who carry the baggage of all the things wrong in education dump that on their students. If you come into your classroom upset about what you don’t have or jealous about what somebody else has it is going to come out in your teaching. Teaching is too personal for it not to.
Control what you can control. Focus on what matters. “It just doesn’t matter” what is happening outside of your classroom, because magic is happening inside it.