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Courage and Trying Again

Dear Teacher,

Today is another anonymous Substitute Teacher.  This teacher has been teaching for a long time, as well, so I think think the words are worth listening to!  Experience and time are great teachers, especially for teachers!  This is a short, but powerful little message that is good for every day of the week…though, I think it is great on a Friday!  Please read and take heart, and then have an awesome weekend, Teacher!

Dear Teacher,

I love to collect quotations.  They help to motivate and inspire me.  I like to share them with my students too, in the hope that my students will also be motivated and inspired by them.  Here’s one I like.  I find it especially comforting after a rough spot in my teaching.

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” — Mary Ann Radmacher

It’s important to remember that teaching is more like a marathon than a sprint.  We’re in this for the long haul.  It’s what our students need from us –someone who will keep coming back, day after day, trying again and again until we find the strategies that work with each new class or student, wearing down those students who may try to test us, and modeling for our students that it’s important to be committed to things that are important (as they are!).

You are awesome, Teacher!  Thank you for all the great things you are doing!

Love, Substitute Teacher

For more hope and encouragement: @DearTeacherLT (Twitter) and Dear Teacher/Love Teacher Facebook Page.



I am a middle school teacher who lives in the upstate of South Carolina.

4 thoughts on “Courage and Trying Again

  1. Short and sweet but lovely. This quote always helps me regain perspective. Actually read it today–Monday. Yet it is just as appropriate. I really love this site. –Patrick

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