I am tired of being ignored.
I'm tired of being spoken over.
I'm tired of having to answer a question that I just finished answering.
I'm tired of being told how boring I am. I'm tired of hearing how boring other teachers are.
I'm tired of being called a racist for asking students not to scream profanity.
I'm tired of the bigotry, homophobia and misogyny that I hear on a regular basis.
I'm tired of the anger and hatred and frustration that I see all around me.
I'm tired of being afraid to stand up for what I think is right.
I'm tired of thinking that there will be a perfect school/class/lesson/activity.
I'm ready to be finding the things that work and building on them.
I'm ready to accept my students and colleagues for who they are and where they come from.
I'm ready to set an example for how I want them to be, but not be angry when they don't step up.
I'm ready to acknowledge that different people have different wants and needs.
I'm ready to stop setting goals for others.
I'm ready to clarify my goals for myself.
...now... to figure out how to do those things...
Totally unrelated, I'm worried that my blog is turning into a cat poster. I'm going to take the weekend and try to get more edgy.