Captain, here’s what you need. You need a magic potion. Could be a little brandy to take the edge off, or coffee to put the edge back on, but you need to walk into your classroom and grab the wheel and right the ship. Or maybe the ship is maddeningly on course, like some robot ship from the future. Or there’s no ship, everybody’s in a life preserver, including you, smiling weakly because hey you’re still floating. Or everything’s going swimmingly, which makes you feel like the water’s probably a bit sharky. Maybe you’re the captain and first mate and crew and wondering if anyone else is going to do any work around here. You think you should just go back to farming. You really need a magic potion.
Let me level with you. The deck never will be. That’s also true for the playing field, budgets across departments, the answer blanks on the photocopies you just made, and so on. Kids love fair and as a teacher you will spend a lot of time modeling how to deal with life’s not. Accept the things you cannot change and all that. Maybe I shouldn’t have had that nip of brandy at the top, but we can’t change the past.
But Captain, there’s a lot of decisions you still get to make, and despite the conflicting salvos of advice you’ll hear, it doesn’t have to be chaos on the stacked deck of the USS "Hello, my name is ________."