It sounds like, from the feedback I have gotten, that this week has been a rough one for most of us. Too many things to do. Too many obstacles to overcome. Too many problems to solve.
You are worn out.
You are beat up.
You are spent
And now it is Friday.
A smile is deserved. Go ahead and do it! You know you want to. 🙂
No matter what happened this week. No matter what you were told. No matter where you messed up. No matter what, there was some “up” for all of the downs this week. Look back and find it and then celebrate it!
You were able to get some things accomplished. Celebrate.
You were able to get some light bulbs to turn on with students. Celebrate.
You were able to connect with some students in new ways. Celebrate.
You were able to get some traction on the content you are teaching. Celebrate.
You were able to get students to learn a little more on their own. Celebrate.
You made a difference with at least a student or two. You helped a fellow teacher feel encouraged. You made someone’s day brighter. You did something for someone they could not do on their own. Celebrate. Celebrate. Celebrate.
Do go back and see what did not work and what you need to work on. That is important. Just don’t forget to celebrate and smile for what you did right. That is equally important.
You got to Friday. Smile. Celebrate. It is okay. You have earned it!
You are awesome! I know that you see what needs improvement. Just remember that you also do somethings well. You are amazing and you are making a difference. Keep on teaching, Teacher, and keep on celebrating the good!
This week was full of some heavy posts…inspiring and encouraging, but still heavy. I thought I might make today a lighter day and celebrate some of what we love about teaching! And because my post have been longer this week, I am going to have you do more watching than reading. 🙂
Our job is difficult. We try to use innovative methods and strategies, but sometimes it just doesn’t seem like the kids are getting it. Sometimes it feels like this…you may or may not remember this Saturday Night Live sketch from the 90’s. If you have seen it, watch it again and enjoy. If you haven’t seen it, watch it for the first time and laugh your socks off! It is hilarious, but it is amazing how it actually feels this way sometimes! The only difference is that in real life you don’t give up…you don’t give up because you are AWESOME! 🙂
Now, unfortunately, the world at-large thinks that it is really always like this and that we are just flying by the seat of our pants. But we don’t. We plan. We fight. We do all that we need to do to make the biggest impact we can on students. It is hard work, and we don’t get paid enough to do it. That doesn’t matter to us, in the big picture, though because we know we do this for more than money. Sometimes it is hard to get other people to understand why, though. Here is another video you may or may not have seen; but you most likely have heard the dinner party story before. Taylor Mahi does an awesome job of telling the story and showing the passion of why we do what we do. Have a watch.
To round out this all out, I want to go back to the first video. That was a comical look at what we do, but I want you to see a teacher’s perspective, someone like us, on what we do day to day…and why we love it. I found this while I was looking for the Taylor Mahi video. This is another one by him, and I really think it sums it all up nicely.
You are so awesome. What you do is hard. It takes time, it takes heart, it takes grit. You are good at it. You are making a difference. You are a miracle worker, and you are amazing! Never give up and never surrender to stress that we swim in. Keep going and keep teaching, Teacher!
Wait…before you go. I want to give a weekend homework assignment. Homework over the weekend? Yes, home work over the weekend! I want you to go through and find three of your favorite posts here at Dear Teacher/Love Teacher and share them with someone (or a lot of someones). Share on Edmodo, Facebook, Twitter, email, or how ever else you can. Then come back here and tell us all the response. Encouragement is hard to find in our job sometimes, so when we find it we need to share it!
Thank you, Awesome Teacher! You are the best!
PS…Oh, and for those of you who use Edmodo, I have started an Edmodo Group for the daily updates. This way I will be able to make the “Edmodo blasts” in the Communities few and far between…I don’t know that everyone “loves” them. 🙂
It is Friday. The day is done. You nailed it! You ended the day in awesome. You ended the week in awesome. For most of you, it is a long weekend. Enjoy it. You’ve earned it. Stop what you are doing. Look at the door. Go to it. Go through it. Go home! Get yourself recharged for next week!
It is Friday! You have survived the week. No, you did not survive it…you thrived in it. You made a difference in the lives of your students, even if they don’t know it yet or not. You inspired. You set mental fires. You perspired…but it was worth it. You got your students to think…and got them thinking more on their own. Your students learned because your taught them how to learn. You taught your heart out, and now your students can even teach others.
You hit milestones with somestudents. You crossed educational thresholds with other students. Some students reached the benchmarks set…some students surpassed them. Because of this week, some of your students will never be the same. Because of you. You taught them to think, learn, love others, have compassion, believe in themselves, and the goodness that lies in the hard work it takes to reach goals.
Teacher, you did not just make it through the week, you made the week yours! You took the week, you tamed it, and you made something awesome out of it. Celebrate! It is Friday! You came, you taught, you conquered! You awesomed the heck out of this week!
You are so awesome! You are doing a great job! Your work with your students DOES matter, and don’t ever forget that. You are a difference maker!
Keep on teaching, Teacher! I believe in you!
PS… Here is a little video I found this morning. I hope it inspires you like it inspired me.
Today is Friday. Though most people, even some other teachers, view Friday as a day to coast until the weekend, you don’t. Friday is one of the toughest day of the week, second only to Monday. For great teachers like you, Fridays are make-or-break days. They determine how you can evaluate your teaching for the week. Have the students learned everything they needed to? Have you taught in a way that makes everything tie together and give your students long term understanding? Will they know enough to move on in your content for next week? If they don’t have it by Friday, you’ll have to backtrack and lose time on Monday. Sometimes you even have to backtrack and reteach until Tuesday…and all because the previous Friday did not go well. Friday is big. It is huge!
More than teaching and learning, Fridays are big because your students want to coast until the weekend. The later in the day it gets to be on Friday, the less focused your students become. They are thinking about the weekend. More so, if this is near the end of the school year for you, the students are thinking about the weekend and the summer. It gets harder and harder to contain the students and keep them engaged. Fridays are hard because you have to be MORE together with your plans, MORE engaging, MORE patient, MORE understanding, and MORE intentional about every second of class time.
No, Fridays are not easy. Not for you, Awesome Teacher. Fridays are important. You know today is a huge day for your week.
I believe in you, Teacher! Even though this is the day of MORE for you, I know you have MORE to give. Pour it out! Give it all you’ve got! Go big! This is your day, and you’ve got this! You can make this the best Friday that you’ve ever Fridayed! (Yes, I just made up a word, but I am a teacher and I am allowed to do that.)
Teacher, you are AWESOME! Give your students the MORE that you have in you for this Friday! Keep teaching, Teacher! Consider yourself believed in!