Batman works alone. As the gravelly voice filled the movie theater tonight while I watched the new Lego Batman Movie with my husband and kids, I couldn’t help but appreciate the obvious moral of the story: Life is simply better when you work as a team.
This theme has become central in my life over the past few years. Since our first child was born five years ago, my husband has become the #1 player on my team. He gives the kids their baths, helps to get them in bed each night, picks them up from school on the days when I have class, and is quick to jump in and play with them. For the past few days he’s been down with the flu, and I have realized just how much we share the parenting role.
At school, I have felt nothing but the absence of a team for the past five years. I’ve been lucky to work with mentor teachers in other buildings, but as I look around and see the teachers in my building who always have someone to plan with, share ideas, eat lunch, and socialize, I have learned just how much having a team really matters. Teaching is lonely when you don’t have a team.
Next fall I will return to a classroom position. I’m so excited to have a class of my own again. I can’t wait to implement all of the ideas I’ve learned during my time in a coaching role. But most of all, I can’t wait to belong to a teaching team again.
I’m excited to join other writers every Tuesday and daily during the month of March in 2017 to participate in the Slice of Life writing challenge through Two Writing Teachers. Read all about how you can Write. Share. Give. on their website here.