** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1.
You are replaceable!!!!
Yes, that’s it in a nutshell. It is a HARD thing to learn, however simple and comprehensible on the surface.
I’ve worked and given my best in a lot of jobs. But make no mistake, I learned the hard way – we/I/you/them – all expendable and replaceable.
I’m fortunate to be in a position to be absolutely frank and to the point with teachers. Also, fortunate to be asked for advice at times. The greatest thing a teacher can learn is that despite their greatness, despite all they do, despite how much attachment they form to a class / a school – you can be replaced.
Be it a substitute or be it with a new teacher the next year or be it upon your leaving – you will for the most part, be forgotten. That’s the nature of things and your job is to be in the moment. Don’t seek immortality or being omnipotent. You will fall hard.
Tough medicine. Chew and swallow. It will make you realize what your place/job is all about.