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One Foot and then the Other

It starts with your head tilting up
And your eyes settling on the horizon
YOUR face in direction you need to go
You straighten you back and lean
Body turned in sync with your eyes
You steady one foot and then the other
You move forward and then you rise
Resolute, assured, and ready you rise
You move on leg and then the other
Your strides grow longer as you progress
You can do this now and the race is yours
Just keep moving
Just keep going
One foot and then the other

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Do What You Need to Do for You, Teacher

Dear Teacher,

I know dealing with the system is hard. You want to teach, but…

Do what you need to do. Choices can be hard, but remember that you and your family is important, too.

You matter. Be encouraged when the going gets tough…and do whatever you need to do when decisions need to be made! I still believe in you, Teacher friend!

Love, Teacher

PS…keep scrolling for a collection of recent images and a video from the Dear Teacher/Love Teacher Facebook page that relate to this post. 🙂

For the first video, go here.

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Rock On, Teacher!

Dear Teacher,

You totally do not hear this enough. You ARE awesome!

You give your life and self away for your students day in and day out. This is really amazing. No. You ARE amazing!

Thank you for everything that you do. Thank you for everything that you are. Thank you for making a difference. You ARE making a difference!

You really do rock! And I really do believe in you! Keep on teaching, Teacher!

Love, Teacher

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Lose Yourself to Find Yourself, Teacher

Dear Teacher,

You work hard. You pour yourself out every day. You give of yourself day in and day out. You sacrifice time and effort (and money) constantly for those young minds in your classroom.

You give yourself away and lose yourself to make a difference in the lives of those kids.

However, it is possible in all of the everything that you do, to get lost and forget who you are and where you are…and why you do what you do.

It happens to all of us. And as responsibilities increase for teachers, it happens more and more and more. It gets easy to get totally lost.

It used to be easy to find our way back to our why, but that is becoming something more challenging to do. I am finding out about increasing amounts of the best teachers I have ever met not making their way back home…and they are leaving the profession.

And I don’t blame them. However I hurt for the students that will miss out on their greatness.

I know there is only so much that we can do about the extra being heaped upon us, but we can deal with us and what we do when we are lost. We can find new ways to be centered and leave a path back to our why and who we really are as people away fro teaching.

And I think that is part of it. We have to remember our non-teaching self and make time for the things and people that we love. This centers us. This makes us whole. Even if it means missing deadlines or drawing lines in the sand you have to defend, you need to make this a priority. Losing your teaching self in your non-teaching self will renew your passion for students.

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I will not fix the extras, but it will bring you back to you and why you teach. Students do need you and you are totally making a difference!

You do rock. You are awesome. And I completely believe in you! Keep on teaching, Teacher!

Love, Teacher

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To All the Time Traveling Teachers…

Dear Teacher,

I know it feels like this week should have ended ten days ago. I know you knew it was a bad sign when it felt like the end of Friday hallway through Monday. I know you have almost nothing left to give and you are just running on fumes. I know that you passed you already passed burnout and “I just can’t” is on the horizon.

Don’t lose hope! Hang in there! Know that you are not alone. You are one off us. You are a time traveling teacher!

The clock has no hold on you. The calendar is impervious to your powers. Time stands still for you more than it moves!

Fear not. The future will come, and with it the weekend! Push forward. Keep moving. You’ve got this!

You are doing a great job this week, Teacher! You are making a difference. And you totally rock! Don’t give up!

Love, Teacher

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Standing Outside the Fire

Dear Teacher/Love Teacher

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Dear Teacher,

Well, I am a day late, but it is still early in the week and I bet we could all use a theme song for it…especially those who had a day off yesterday. So let’s get to it. This song is going to be a “blast from the past” for a lot of us, but for some it may be the first time to hear this song. Whether it is new to you or a reminder of more youthful days, this song is a great theme for teachers and one we should hear and think about.

Click play, get through the ad if there is one, and then read on.

Teacher, like it or not, we are heroes. We fight battles, we run into danger, and we do…

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Dear Teacher/Love Teacher Round-Up

Dear Teacher,

If you only follow or catch- up with me here at the blog, you have been missing some pretty fun stuff happening in the social media pages. There have been some cool, inspiring, and funny images being shared. I decided to do a round-up animated gif of the ones I have created to get you all caught up. Let me know what you think! And if you don’t you should follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. It is @DearTeacherLT for each of them.

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I hope you have the grandest of weeks, Teacher friend!

You rock. You are awesome! And I totally believe in you!

Love, Teacher

PS…I was nominated to win a cruise for teachers! If you have enjoyed any of the posts or social media images, please take a moment and vote! Even if you have voted for someone else, you can vote for other people as well. The nomination leaves out the work here at Dear Teacher/Love Teacher because most people that know me in the real world do not know I do this (I feel like a superhero in this way!)…but it is my work here which makes me want to win a cruise. My wife has sacrificed a lot of me for this passion project of mine (time, money, and effort), and she totally deserves this cruise as a thank you for this. Please vote and share if you would like to support what I do here. Thank you!