Posted in Pep Talk, Perseverance, Poster/Graphic, Theme Song

Standing Outside the Fire


(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,

Well, I am a day late, but it is still early in the week and I bet we could all use a theme song for it…especially those who had a day off yesterday.  So let’s get to it.  This song is going to be a “blast from the past” for a lot of us, but for some it may be the first time to hear this song.  Whether it is new to you or a reminder of more youthful days, this song is a great theme for teachers and one we should hear and think about.

Click play, get through the ad if there is one, and then read on.

Teacher, like it or not, we are heroes.  We fight battles, we run into danger, and we do the impossible.  If not literally, we all do this figuratively.  We take on the world of our students and help them through it and get them to the other side into adulthood and the future.

Not all teachers take this seriously.  Some teachers look at this as more as a job than a calling and desire.  They come in, survive the day, and put up with their students.  They tow the line.  They don’t step on toes.  They teach what and how they are told to teach.  They do little connect to students and see the student as the goal…the content is the goal and teaching it is success.

These teachers “stand outside the fire.”

That is not you, Teacher.

You dance within the flames.  You take what you do and what you are in stride and with confidence.  You know teaching is more than, well, teaching.  It is connecting.  It is getting to know your students.  It is understanding your students.  It is understanding the teaching and learning dynamic.  It is teaching skills outside of your subject area.  It is taking risks.  It is being bold.  It is being brave.  It is taking on the fight and being the hero that your students need you to be.

You are not content with the status quo.  You are not happy with just teaching your standards.  Your students need more.  You need more.

You are not afraid to step on toes when it comes to the needs of your students.  You know what they need, you know how they learn, you know what they are capable of and their potential.  You make choices for them, not for who is watching.

You get to know their families.  You help their parents and guardians know how to help them learn more at home.  You allow their family input on ways to help the student in the classroom.  You make it a team effort and don’t try to do it all on your own.

You look for help from the teachers around you.  You are not afraid to try new things in your classroom.  You look around and see what is working and not working and then seek out strategies from others for whom things are definitely workings.  You are not afraid to change.

You are also not afraid to reflect.  You take a look at students and what they seem to be learning and not learning, and then you make adjustments in you and how you are teaching.  You look at data.  You are not afraid of data.  You let data help you make instructional choices because it gives you a view of what your students need.

You are one of the great ones, Teacher!  You do not stand outside the fire.  You are in the thick of it.  You are dancing around with the flames jumping all around you, and you love every minute of it!  You are a hero.  You are a teacher.  Your students need you!

You are awesome and amazing.  Your “fire dance” is making a difference.  You are making a difference.  Keep on teaching and keep on running into the fire, Teacher!

Love, Teacher

PS …The poster/graphic this morning is one of a line of printable posters that I created and made available on the TeachersPayTeachers Store. They will be called “Motivational ABCs.”

Posted in Picture Note, Poster/Graphic

Monday Morning Message…Light and Shade


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

Good morning, Teacher!

I have been under the weather a bit over the last week, and it caught up to me a bit this weekend and I am dragging this morning.  I just couldn’t find a song for the weekly theme song!  I knew what I was looking for, but I just couldn’t find it.  I am really sorry!  I will try again this afternoon because I am out of time this morning.

I thought I would share this graphic/poster with you in the meantime.  As teachers, sometimes it is our job to be the light to students.  We need to show them the way to learn, think, and do this all on the own.  This can be hard because we are fighting their want to have things thought out for them and handed to them.  It can be a grueling job and quite tiring!    It can be a constant battle with some students and then a constant river of encouragement for others….and then everything else in between for the rest.  It is mentally exhausting to do all of this and to constantly be aware of what students need.

This there is the flip-side.  Sometimes we are not the light to students.  Sometimes we are the shade.  We do not always know what our students’ lives are like outside of our classrooms.  We do not know their struggles, hurts, and trials of everyday existence.  There is scorching heat that comes from life…like the noonday sun in the desert.  It is hard to keep going sometimes.  We all need a “shady place” when life is hard…especially our students.  Sometimes it is our job to be this shade.  What this looks like is different from person to person and student to student, but it is a real need.  We need to recognize when to be this shade and find a way to be it.

It is a difficult part of being a teacher to know what what our students need and to try to play the role that fills a need…but it is a part of who we are.  Let’s look for times today when we need to be light and when we need to be shade…and then let’s be what our students need!

You are awesome and amazing, as always.  I know you know when to be light and when to be shade.  I know you have the strength to be both.  Do it well today.  Cast light and give cover.  You can do it.  You are making a huge difference.  Never forget it!  Keep on teaching, Teacher!

Love, Teacher!

PS…Tomorrow is the last day to enter the Pinterest Contest!

Posted in General Inspiration, Hope for Teachers, Picture Note, Poster/Graphic

Needed Friday Message


 

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(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.

Something tells me that you need this message as much as I do.  Have a great weekend!  Get some rest and take a break…you deserve it!  You do amazing work!

You are awesome!  Keep on teaching, Teacher!

Love, Teacher

Posted in Poster/Graphic

A Poster of Your Awesome!


(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,

Here is just a little reminder of why what you work so hard to do is far more than worth it.  You are amazing and awesome, no matter what your day felt like!  Keep going!  Keep pushing!  Keep proving your awesome everyday!  You are making a difference, I promise.  Keep on teaching, you Magnificent Teacher, you!

Love, Teacher

PS…If you are a Pinterest-er, check out the announcement about the Pinterest contest that was posted yesterday.