Posted in Hope for Teachers, New Day, Reason for Teaching, You Are Awesome!!!

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year


DearTeacherLT2015 (You may use the image if you link back to the blog and/or give credit to Dear Teacher/Love Teacher)
DearTeacherLT2015 (You may use the image if you link back to the blog and/or give credit to Dear Teacher/Love Teacher)

Dear Teacher,

This is it!  Can you feel the excitement?  There is electricity in the air.  The sun is brighter.  The colors are more vivid.  The world just seems right!  It is a new school year!

This is what you live for.  This is what you do.  This is who you are.  You are a teacher!

Seriously, what better time of the year is there?

Your classroom looks amazing.  You and the other teachers at your school are buzzing about all of the wonderful new ideas you have had and learned about over the summer.  You have fresh supplies in your room…and not a pencil is missing yet!

Administration is happy.  They are presenting the new goals and thoughts about school culture.  PD makes sense right now!  You have heard quite a few times about how awesome your plans for the year are.  You feel supported completely (not that you aren’t later in the year…it just feels like more support now).

Oh, and I have failed to mention the students!

If they aren’t in your classes yet, they soon will be.  They are ready.  They are excited to be back.  They can’t wait to meet you or are very happy that you are their teacher.  They are expecting great and wonderful things.  They want to learn right now!  Aha moments are happening all over the place!

And the parents love you.  They know you are going to make a difference in their children’s lives.  They are ready to help from home and support what is going on in your class.  They are happy to give their children over into your care (because they have a fresh understanding of what it is like to be a teacher because the kids have been home all summer).

Everyone is on the same page!

This is the sweet spot for us, Teacher.  This is our time to shine.  Enjoy this time.  Take it in.  Savor it.

The memories of now are what will help get you through the slump that comes later…but don’t think about that.  Just bask in the glory of now!

Build those relationships with the staff at your school.  Share your new strategies and plans.  Help out another teacher in working through what they want this year to look like.  Write some notes of encouragement to yourself and others for later in the year when it is not so great.

And take every possible moment that you can to connect to those new students of yours.  It is worth it.  Don’t let trying to get too much content covered here in the beginning get in the way of that.  It is the relationship that matters.  Build it now while it is the best time for it.  The soil is ready.  Plant the seeds of connection so that you will have something to expand upon and grow later.

This is your time, Teacher.

This is your moment.

Let your awesome shine!

DearTeacherLT2015 (You may use the image if you link back to the blog and/or give credit to Dear Teacher/Love Teacher)
DearTeacherLT2015 (You may use the image if you link back to the blog and/or give credit to Dear Teacher/Love Teacher)

And, Teacher, you are awesome!  I truly mean that.  You are an amazing teacher, and this is going to be the best year ever for you!  Keep on reaching those students and making a difference!  Oh, and keep on teaching, Teacher!

Love, Teacher

PS…I want to close with a video that was share with me.  It was created by Remind (something I definitely want to tell you more about later because it is even more awesome than I thought!).  This video captures what I was trying to say today in an awesome way.  It really shows what being a teacher is all about…especially here in the beginning of the year.  Please share the video…it so needs to go viral!  Teachers need the encouragement from it and the world needs to see what being a teacher really means.  Enjoy!

Posted in New Day, Pep Talk, You Are Awesome!!!

The Eye of the Teacher…er…Tiger


Dear Teacher,

It is Monday.  The start of a week.  I don’t know about you, but I need to get a little psyched up for it.  We need a theme song to start us up, don’t you think.  Click play, and once the song starts, keep reading.  🙂

Teacher,  this is your week.  You’ve got this!

If you are still teaching right now, you are ready for this week.  You have your plans.  You have your ideas.  You have your heart for your students.

Don’t worry about the little things.  They are not important.  Your students are important.  You work hard for them.  They need you.  Remember why you do this!  Now, get out there and teach your heart out!

Keep your eye on the goal of changing the future through your students.  Look ahead at the potential they have.  Help them see it.  Give them the expectation and help them rise up to it.

You’ve got this!  You are ready.  Go awesome the heck out of this week!  You will change lives this week!  Go do it, Teacher!

If you are on summer break right now, you still have a battle to fight.  Some of you need to relax and take a break.  School stuff can wait.  You need to wind down from the year.  You need to disconnect, unwind, and let your mind and body heal from the year of a teacher.  School things will still be here when you are done.  Your students next year need you to do this…they don’t need a fried out teacher!

Some of you need to stop relaxing.  Don’t get into the summer lazy cycle.  Spend at least an hour a day on getting stuff prepared for next year.  Get pumped up for everything you can do next year and start planning!

It is all too easy to put things off for later.  Do a little every day.  You will thank yourself later!  You need to keep a little of that teaching mindset and don’t completely check out.  If I am calling you out, don’t feel bad…I am calling myself out here!

Next year is coming.  Your students need the best of you.  Relax, if you need to.  Stop relaxing, if you need to.  You are going to have an AWESOME year next year…so this week needs to be an AWESOME week to help that happen.  It will be an awesome week.  You will be awesome.  You are awesome!

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(c)DearTeacherLT2013 (You may use this picture if you link back to my blog.)

You have the eye of the Teacher…so live it out!  You are amazing!  You will make this week great!  You are awesome!  Keep on teaching, Teacher!

Love, Teacher

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Posted in Get Psyched!, New Day, Pep Talk, You Are Awesome!!!

Dawn of a New Day


Dear Teacher,

Today is a new day!  It is a bright start!  Yesterday does not matter, good or bad.  Today is something brand new.  Get out there and shine your awesomeness!  You will do great and wonderful things!

If yesterday was rough, today is hasn’t been written yet.  Don’t let yesterday ruin today!  Make today amazing!

If yesterday was a good day, today is just starting.  Don’t rest on yesterday, make today an even better day!

Don’t be sad.  Don’t be lazy.  Don’t let today just happen to you…you happen to today.  Make it a day unlike any other!

Help someone.  Cheer up someone.  Encourage someone.  Do something that you and others will remember and make a difference that will be remembered!

You are so awesome, Teacher!  Awesome the heck out of today!  You are amazing and believed in!  Be awesome today!

Keep on teaching, Teacher!

Love, Teacher

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Posted in Get Psyched!, Mondays, New Day

Rock Star


 (c)DearTeacherLT2013
(c)DearTeacherLT2013

Dear Teacher,

Ten

You are a rock star waiting in the wings of the stage for your moment in front of the crowd.

Nine

This is Monday…your big show.  This show sets up every other show this week.  Mondays mean more than any other day.

Eight

You are ready.  You’ve got this.  You are rested and ready to go.

Seven

You have planned and prepared.  You have nothing left but to execute your lessons.  You can do this.

Six

No matter what the day brings, you are a professional.  You know what to do.  Get ready and get out there and do it!

Five

You know your best laid plans will be mostly derailed by lunchtime, but you are ready.  You have back up plans.  You have a system in place.  Don’t think about what can and will go wrong.  You do have this.  Don’t worry!

Four

Breathe in.  Breathe out.  It is almost go time.  The students are ready for you.  Get your mind ready for them.

Three

No matter what happens today, you are awesome.  You know that you are.  Through all of the monitoring and adjusting, remember to be the awesome that you are!

Two

Get amped up!  Get psyched!  You live for this!  Get your teaching game face on!

One

Ready or not, it is time to go!  You are a teacher.  Teach like you know it.  Teach like your mean it!  You were born for this!

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You are awesome!  You are believed in!  Go out and teach like you know you can!  Keep teaching, Teacher!

Love, Teacher

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Posted in Hope For Students, Hope for Teachers, New Day, Picture Note

New Day/New Week


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Dear Teacher,

Was this your week last week?  I know at my school, behavior seems to decline shortly before summer and teacher stress increases in response.  Tomorrow is a new day.  Monday lets last week go away and you get to start all over again.  That goes for you…and for your students.

Remind yourself of this tomorrow morning.  You have a fresh start.  Remind your students, too.  They have a blank slate week.  Inspire them to do more with this week than they did last week.

Be hopeful.  Make the students wonder what happened to you over the weekend!  Make hope your goal tomorrow.  Inspire your students to greatness.

You are awesome!  I know this week will be better than last week for you.  Go out there and make that true!  Keep teaching, Teacher!

Love, Teacher

For more hope and encouragement: @DearTeacherLT

Posted in Cheer Up, Hope For Students, Hope for Teachers, New Day

Blank Page


(c) Joseph Blizzard
(c) Joseph Blizzard

Dear Teacher,

I do not know what yesterday was like for you.  I can guess that it was probably one of three possiblities, though, because that is usually how it goes as a teacher.

It might have been a great day.  Everything you wanted to do worked out.  Everythng you touched turned gold, so to speak.  Your students did exceptionally well.  Every class that you taught was a masterpiece.  Your administration thought that you are a jewel and model of an ideal teacher.  Things just went well.  Those days are few and far between, but they do happen.  If it happened for you yesterday, I salute you and celebrate with you!

It may have been a bad day.  These days are pretty much the opposite of the golden days.  Everything you touch turns to…well, you know.  Nothing goes right.  The students had the worse behavior day that you can remember.  Computers did not work.  Your projector went down or blew up.  There were no supplies.  There were classroom interuptions.  Your administration was at your back and heaping more work on you than you can possibly take care of in a day, week, or year.  It was an altogether bad day.  Unfortunately, we have these days far more than the golden ones.  Teaching is hard work and can give us disappointing days.  If this was your day yesterday, I feel you and share your fustration.

Then there is the third option: the “blah” day.  Some people may call it a normal day.  Things went exactly as you expect.  There were ups and down, but nothing extreme.  You taught well enough.  Most students seemed to pay attention, and some even seemed to retain some of the knowledge.  You did okay.  It was an okay kind of day.  Your lesson and strategies were adequate, though you weren’t earning teacher of the year or anything.  It was just, well, blah.  Mediocre.  Common.  These are the days that happen more than most for a lot of teachers.  If this was your day yesterday, then I understand.  I know what they are like.  For me, these are the ones that get to me.  Too many of these days in a row and life as a teacher can get pretty boring.

I know there are a lot of peaks, valleys, and variations between these three types of days.  I simplified a bit, but I think you understand what I am getting at.  We all either had a great day, a bad day, or a day somewhere in between.  Thus is the life of the teacher.  Days like these strung into weeks, weeks bunched into quarters, quarters paired into semesters, and semesters connected into a school year.  But, each day is different.  Each day is new.

No matter what kind of day you had yesterday, today is a new one.  Don’t bank on yesterday’s great day, focus on making today even better.  Don’t let yesterday’s bad day set you up for another bad day today.  Don’t self-fulfill prophecy!  Make today good.  Or at least look for the good that is there today even if it turns out to be another bad one.  And don’t settle into yesterday’s mediocre.  You are better than that, teacher friend.  Make today an extreme…great risk brings great reward!  Teach like you mean and stop sitting back and letting the year fall away!

You are too awesome to let yesterday determine today.  Take the blank page and start writing.  Start drawing.  Start something.  Make today the day you want it to be.

AND…don’t forget your students need to learn to do the same.  Help them through the bad yesterdays.  Give them a blank page with you today.  Help them to learn to make each day better than the last.  You don’t know what they are truly going through all of the time, but you can help them learn to work through it and view each day as a new page to write or draw on.  You are awesome, help your kid learn to be awesome, too.

You are a great teacher, and don’t you forget it!  Keep on teaching, teacher.  Make today great!  I know that you can.  I believe in you!

Love, Teacher

For more hope and encouragement: @DearTeacherLT