I've been dealing with this ever since I started teaching..... and that was 29 years ago.
. And, I still struggle almost every day.
Your question fits into something I was listening to today, a song by the group Shinedown called 'Unity'. Part of the lyrics go like this:
"So, if you've ever been caught in a Sea of Despair
And your Moment of Truth is the day that you say,
I'm not scared!!"
You say you deal with about 350 AWESOME students every day. Let THEM fill you up with gladness & joy in what you do!!
Take care, My Friend, and God Bless!!
Ok, so I am a very sensitive person. Some would probably call me a snowflake. Part of this personality means that I care way too much about what people think - including students.
For any other golden retriever types that just want to be liked, how do you keep those few problem students from getting to you?
I deal with around 350 awesome students every day, and maybe 3 or 4 that are mean and disrespectful to me.
I know I need a mindset change of some kind, just don't know how to accomplish that - this is really more of a therapy question than a band director question, but I know some of you have wisdom!