Challenges are part of teaching. Regardless of how many hours goes into lesson planning, difficulties will happen. The key to navigating rough water is owning the truth.
As a self-proclaimed perfectionist, one of the toughest lessons I learned is that I will not make everyone happy—it is impossible. Therefore, I try own my humanness.
From day one, I try to be open about what others have to say and make it clear, I do not have all the answers. If I do not know the answer, I look it up; if I make a mistake, I admit to it and make it right. This is such a simple philosophy, but it makes a difference.
Students quickly learn that by me being honest and owning my own mistakes, it makes me more approachable, especially when there are challenges. And when those challenges arise, I make sure that if it is something within my control, I never hold the students accountable for it.
At the end of the day, how can I hold them accountable, if I do not publicly hold myself accountable?