Comparing my students to running an HVAC system in my home

Sometimes I feel as if I work so hard to please some people.

  • I work hard so that others can succeed.

They do not succeed though. They also take whatever help I give them for granted. I am debating on what I should do about this. Should I stop caring? What happens when I stop caring? I know that if I stop caring about my HVAC system, it would probably shut down. It would never get clean or checked for bad parts. Will my students shut down like my HVAC system? How far do I go to help them? Every month I change the air filter in my HVAC system. I am sure I need to help them more than once a month. I also get a tune up twice per year. Maybe I give my students some kind of academic check twice per year to understand where that are academically for my own records. I don’t want my students to end up like an HVAC unit. I don’t want them to shut down or break down. If they do I may need to call for extra help in the classroom. If my HVAC system shuts down, I have to call for an HVAC technician to come to my house to fix it. I feel as if it is the same idea. If my students keep running smoothly with academic testing and assessment with careful planned lessons, they will not mentally shut down. This will prevent them from shutting down and they will be able to move on. In the same way, my HVAC system gets tune ups so it can keep running properly to do its job. I do not believe that giving up on my students is the right thing to do.