Posted in General Inspiration, Get Psyched!, Pep Talk, Perseverance

The Attitude of Edison

(c)DearTeacherLT2013 (You may use the image if you link back to the blog and/or give credit to Dear Teacher/Love Teacher)
(c)DearTeacherLT2013 (You may use the image if you link back to the blog and/or give credit to Dear Teacher/Love Teacher)

Dear Teacher,

Don’t give up.  That is basically all that I want to tell you this morning.  Just don’t give up.  Don’t stop.

I know that the weight of teaching is heavy.  We push and push, but the push back is often more intense.

We can see what our students need more than they can.  You know your students.  You know how close they are to understand what you are teaching them.  You know how close they are to becoming more complete self-learners.

But the resistance makes it hard to keep moving.

You are beat up.  You are tired.  You are exhausted.  You have very little left to give.

It would be easier to drop back and punt…you can try again another day.

Don’t stop.  Don’t give in.  Don’t move back.  Keep pushing.  Keep going!

You don’t see it from where you are, but you are so very close to success with your students.  You see how close they are, but guess what?  You are SO CLOSE to getting them there.  I know it is hard, but don’t stop!

Find your reserves.  You have some hidden energy and strength left.  Find it.  Use it.  You are seriously almost there.  Just give a little more.  You can do this.  I know you can because you are awesome!

Two of my favorite quotes of all time are from Thomas Edison:

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

You are on the verge of success.  A miracle is on the horizon.  Chase it.  Go for it.  You are almost there!  Push on.  Further on and further in.  You’ve got this, you amazing Teacher, you!

Take on the the attitude of Edison today.  Don’t give up.  Don’t let apparent failures stop you.  Failure never means you can’t do something, it just means you need to keep trying and find some new ways.

You don’t have to stop.  You have this.  You are close.  Keep going and keep moving forward!

Your students will watch you, they will learn to do the same thing.  They won’t give up and snatch defeat from the jaws of looming victory.  They will keep trying until they get it…just like they saw you do.

Don’t give up!

You are an amazingly awesome teacher!  You have what it takes.  You have the strength and fortitude.  Prove it today!  You will see success, so keep pushing on and keep on teaching, Teacher!

Love, Teacher

PS…I know I keep talking about it, but I am so excited about these posters and how they can motivate students (intrinsically) to keep moving and pressing on!  The Motivational ABCs Poster/Word Wall (or Growth Mindset ABC’s) are available in the Dear Teacher/Love Teacher TeachersPayTeachers Store…check it out, if you haven’t had the chance!  The image in this post is one of the printable posters in the set.



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

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