5. Realize that Not Everyone is Going to Like You, and That’s OK
Angela Watson, author of “7 Ways Teachers Can Push Past Imposter Syndrome,” found here, reminds teachers, “Not everyone’s going to like what you do. Some principals will watch your best lesson and still be unimpressed. Some students and parents will dislike you, no matter what. Some of your colleagues will disagree with the way you manage your classroom and teach your lessons.” Recover from your impostor syndrome by genuinely listening to their evaluation and feedback. Use any suggestions they have and determine if those comments can help you to improve. If you think about what is best for your students, work to improve, and are confident in your approach, then you are not an impostor—even if there are some people out there who don’t like you.
Teachers catch many illnesses from their students—every cold, flu, and virus sweeping through the school. But luckily there is a cure for impostor syndrome and you can heal yourself with a dose of confidence, a shot of self-worth, and the support of friends and colleagues to remind you that you are not the only one afflicted.