Goodnight Room…A Bedtime Story for Teachers


Dear Teacher,

I thought that you might enjoy a little bedtime story as the new school year begins.  Enjoy!

And as always, YOU ROCK!

Keep on teaching, Teacher!

Love, Teacher

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Goodnight Room by Joseph Blizzard
Inspired by and parody of Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

In the pretty good, green classroom
(that would be better if there were
more than five minutes between meetings)

There was a station for phones
(that will no doubt need to be taken up…
perhaps spinner toys will fit there, too)

And a fidget stress-ball made from a balloon
(that is currently supposed to be for
students, but it may become Teacher’s)

And an interactive whiteboard presentation of-
(and made by the super-techie teammate after
Teacher spent hours trying to do it alone)

The cow jumping over the moon
(because, well, who doesn’t want to make the
cow jump over the moon?)

And there was a square of alternate seating chairs
(that the class roster showed will be needed
because of the many IEPs for ADHD)

And a poster of kittens
(with a growth-mindset reminder for all
in the class to just “hang in there”)

And a hidden place for a pair of mittens
(for when the district-mandated thermostat
setting requires their need in winter)

And picture of Teacher’s house
(so the students know Teacher doesn’t
live at school…and Teacher can remember
what it looks like on the long
afternoons of grades and conferences)

And a young mouse
(that administration swears will
be taken care of very soon)

And a comb and a brush
and a bowl and a packet of oatmeal mush
(for when there is no time in the
morning to look like a human and
eat a more human like breakfast
before Teacher leaves the house)

And a chair in the corner for when Teacher
is tired and stressed and just whispers “hush”
(which may be the end of the year, or halfway
through, or might just be next week)

Goodnight light
(that Teacher can finally turn off because
the work that should have been done when
there was meetings and is as done as it
is going to be before students come)

Goodnight stress-ball red balloon
(that Teacher is considering taking home
after spending afternoon and into the
night in the classroom)

Goodnight square of chairs
(that Teacher is trying not to think
about already moving around the room)

Goodnight alternate seating chairs
(that Teacher knows is going to cause
problems because there aren’t enough
for each and every student)

Goodnight “hang in there” kittens
(that Teacher will probably need
to heed the words of often)

Goodnight mittens
(that hopefully will not be needed
this year, but most definitely will be)

Goodnight clocks
(that Teacher put around the room so
maybe the students will learn time-management)

Goodnight socks
(that teacher turned into puppets because
of the strangest IEP ever seen)

Goodnight Teacher’s house
(that Teacher will soon see for the
very short time that Teacher will
be home before coming back in)

Goodnight mouse
(that Teacher hopes never to
have to see again)

Goodnight comb
Goodnight brush
(that Teacher will probably need
in the morning because it is already
so late right now)

Goodnight nobody
(that Teacher hopes is nobody after
hearing noises in the empty halls)

Goodnight packet of oatmeal mush
(that Teacher will also probably
need in the morning)

Goodnight to the chair where Teacher
will soon be whispering hush
(it will definitely be next week,
Teacher just doesn’t know yet)

Goodnight stars
(that Teacher got the crafty teammate
to make for the bulletin board)

Goodnight moon
(that was also made by the ever
crafty teammate for said board)

Goodnight air
(that will soon be filled with the
not-so-pleasant student smells soon)

Goodnight noises that will soon be everywhere
(that Teacher will be irritated with
but has also kind of missed this summer
because with all of the frustrations
Teacher still loves being a Teacher)

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Every Little Thing Teachers Do…


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DearTeacherLT2017 (You may use the image if you link back to the blog and/or give credit to Dear Teacher/Love Teacher)

Dear Teacher,

The image says everything I want to say.  No, I am not saying that EVERYTHING we are required to do is worth it…not meaning this to be political in anyway, but not all we do is for a purpose for the sake of students (though I think some of that stuff is meant to do that)…what I am saying is that all of those little unspoken, unsung, and unnoticed things you do for the students because you have their best interest in mind do matter and make a difference.  And I just want to thank you for those things!

Thank you for buying food for those kids who don’t get enough.

Thank you for buying extra pencils because a pencil is not worth the fight.

Thank you for the walks you take with some kids at recess.

Thank you for always trying to make your lessons better to connect with those struggling students.

Thank you for putting your students and their needs before everything else!

It is your heart.  It is who you are.  It is what you do.  It is what makes you an amazing teacher.  So thank you, thank you, thank you!

You are awesome!  You matter!  And you do make a difference!  Thank you for you!  You rock!  Keep on being you and keep on teaching, Teacher!

Love, Teacher

A Little Time for You, Teacher


Dear Teacher,

Yes, a new year is coming.  It is true.  But summer has a little time left for you.  Don’t let your hopes, dreams, and anxieties about the next group you will be teaching take up all of the moments that remain.  Remember not to forget to carve out a little space for yourself, your family/friends, and all that you love doing that take the back-burner during the school year.  You know doing so helps you to be centered, relaxed, and ready for the challenges ahead.  That means getting ready for next year requires you to be a little selfish.  It is okay.  I promise.  Your next class(es) need you to.  When you are relaxed and ready, you can change the world!

So take some time for you.  You deserve it.  You need it.

Did I mention that you rock and are an amazing teacher and person?  Well, you are!  Take that time for you…and keep on teaching, Teacher!

Love, Teacher

Rested_and_Ready

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Lacing Up Your Shoes…A New Year is Coming


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Dear Teacher,

You never cease to amaze.

Despite each year before,
and after a little rest,
You look forward to the next
And are ready for some more.

This a part of who you are,
It’s what makes you great.
It’s what makes you amazing.
It’s what makes you a teacher.

You take the bumps.
You take the lumps.
You heal the bruises
And you get back up again.

DearTeacherLT2016 – This image is a part of the Motivational/Growth Mindset ABCs-volume two (click for more information…these posters will be great for your classroom next year! 🙂

No matter what happens
You find a way to rally
You lace up your shoes
And you start again.

You know the road is hard.
You know the road is long.
You know the way is not easy.
You know the way is tough.

But you also know
That you can take it.
You know that the end
is worth the journey.

This a shirt designed by a friend of mine…you know I love the message! Click the picture to find out how to buy the shirt.

This is who you are.
This is what you do.
This is in your soul.
This is the heart of a teacher.

Students are worth the pain.
Students are worth the struggle
And you DO make a difference.
This year will be the same.

Don’t be ashamed to be excited.
Don’t be afraid to try new things.
The coming year is yours.
You CAN do this all again.

You are incredible.
You are awesome.
And you ROCK!
Thank you for being you.

Love, Teacher

It’s the End of the Year (as we know it)


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DearTeacherLT2017 (You may use the image if you link back to the blog and/or give credit to Dear Teacher/Love Teacher)

Dear Teacher,

I have decided to return from the blogging dead…for a little while, at least. I am sorry that this year has gotten away from me. Because of the amount of creativity I use where I teach and work now, it is hard to find the time and energy to write something that I think will be worth your reading and that will encourage and inspire you.

So I want to try something else…

I want to use the summer to randomly put up other types of posts than just my normal pep talks. That doesn’t mean the pep talks are over, but the summer is a great chance to throw more into the mix and spice things up. I am going to use other sides of my creativity to try to make you laugh, cry, and, above all else, encourage your teaching soul. There will be stories, poetry, more doodle-type posts, and whatever else might come up.

All I ask is that you let me know what you think and give me a bit a feedback about what’s going on with you and how I can help keep your teacher fire burning. And if you like something, share it. 🙂 I know you will, because you rock!

So how did this year go for you, by the way? What worked? What didn’t? How are you going to recover from the year over the summer?

As always, I totally believe in you and know that you made a difference this year! You are an AMAZING teacher! Get some rest and relaxation in this summer! Remember to take time for yourself. Keep on teaching, Teacher!

Love, Teacher

PS…I am closing an attempt at impromptu poetry.

You Can’t Measure

I stare blindly at the list –
The yearly scavenger hunt
The things to do
The signatures to gather –
And the wonder creeps in…
Where did the year go?

I’m not sure it can be measured

I look around the room
I see it all from day one
I see the laughter, drama, and life
Most of all I see the growth
Students came in as babies
And left as young adults

I know that you can’t measure that

When the year started
I was full of life and ideas
It wasn’t long until that changed
And I was barely hanging on
The ups were high
The downs were low

And there is no measure in between

I was ready for the end
But then it came and I was not
It’s hard to let go
(Even the ones I wished would leave)
I saw them grow
I saw them blossom

They don’t make measurements for this

Now the only noise is me
And the student echoes have dimmed
I remember it all
The good and the bad
I would not trade any of it
And I will carry them with me

You definitely can’t measure that

Dear Teacher – Be Kind to Yourself


DearTeacherLT2017 (You may use the image if you link back to the blog and/or give credit to Dear Teacher/Love Teacher)

Dear Teacher,

The year is almost over…and it has been a rough one.  You tired.  You are beat up.  You are beat down.  And you are not alone.

A lot of teachers, or dare I say – most teachers feel the way that you do.

Even though you know that you can not control most of the factors that go into making this a tough year, you can not help but feel responsible for it, or at least what has happened in your classroom

As you reflect on this school year, I want to make one request of you: PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEEEEAASE BE KIND TO YOURSELF!

Despite how this year may have gone, you are a great teacher.  Be kind to yourself and know that.

No matter how you feel people think about you and your teaching performance, you have made a difference in the lives of your students.  Be kind to yourself and see that.

Even if test scores weren’t great and things seldom went as planned, you focused on your students and you have helped them grow as human people and learners.  Be kind to yourself and believe that.

And, heaven forbid, you think you can’t go on one more year and you are not cut out for this teaching life anymore, you really can do this again, you are made for it, and your students need you!  Take a deep breath, be kind to yourself, and acknowledge that you are a teacher through and through.

Good things did happen this year.  You did make a difference.  And you were (and ARE) a great teacher!

Please be kind to yourself and know that this is true.

Yes, please reflect and plan for needed changes next year, but also be kind and see all of the positive, too.

You are a great teacher!  You are making a difference!  Thank you for all that you are and do!  Keep on teaching, Teacher.  You ROCK!

Love, Teacher

It’s Not that Simple


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It’s Not that Simple

“You get a break,” they say
“Teaching is not so hard.”
“It must be nice to have time off.”
But it just is not that simple
It’s really not that easy

Nothing is that easy

Time and rest are not the same
Either are jobs and passions
Work can be more than just work
And time off means more too
Time can also be a little space

Teachers need room to breathe

Teaching is more than working
So much more than what we do
It is our life and our heart
It is our mind and instinct
Teaching’s in our blood

Teaching make us who we are

Our stress is not our stress
Our work is not our work
Our time is not our time
Our passions are not our passions
And our lives are not our lives

We live and work for more

No human can sustain this
No one can live only for others
No person can do this forever
The momentum can destroy
And the inertia can tear apart

One must come to a rest

Rest means space and room
Rest means time to breathe
Rest means remembering who we are
Time is recharging and returning
Time is finding ourselves again

We must be able to heal

So yes, it does seem nice
It looks like a little vacation
But it really is not that simple
It is more and it is vital
It is the only way we can keep going

Students need us to breathe