I was writing earlier this year about my ongoing struggle with confidence in teaching. You know, I've made a lot of progress. I have an observation tomorrow and I am not nervous.
When I first started teaching, I had the ability to focus on my job and not be self-deprecating. Then, for a while, I couldn't do it. Every bump in the road was a hit to my self-esteem.
Lately, I feel better. It has been a difficult class for me this year. Sometimes I don't want to do my job because it is so labor-intensive and I feel like it will never let up, but I am not struggling with believing in myself. I am a better teacher because of that--not teacher of the year or something, but better.