A pat on the back is nice.
It's nice when your boss or your coworkers recognize you for a job well done. It's nice when people tell you how good you are. It's nice when your students love you and tell you about it.
Unfortunately, nice isn't always reality. If the things I just mentioned are happening for you, awesome. You have a lot of positive things going on.
The danger is in needing those things to happen for you to be satisfied with your job. I have heard of teachers saying that they burned out and left the profession because their boss didn't give them enough positive feedback. Give me a break.
If you need positive feedback to feel good about yourself then teaching may not be the job for you.
Your focus as a teacher should be on serving children. Your students may even hate you right now and not realize how much you did for them until years later. You can't count on them appreciating you. You may have a boss that doesn't throw sugar around like Willy Wonka. Don't let that stop you.
Do your best to serve children and know that you are doing something worthwhile. I hope you get to hear every day about how great of job you are doing. If you don't get that, however, press on. Believe in yourself and what you are doing and let the accolades be the icing on the cake, not the requirement for survival.
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