Dear Teacher Daily – Teachers Are Not Normal


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DearTeacherLT2016 (You may use the image if you link back to the blog and/or give credit to Dear Teacher/Love Teacher)

Dear Teacher,

I don’t think I need to remind you, but you do not have a typical career, typical life, or typical day-to-day.  You do more.  More than seems humanly possible, really.  How?

I think we all wonder that some days, don’t we?

I mean, we plan.  We grade.  We manage classrooms.  We call parents.  We professionally develop and we professionally learn in a community while we do it.  We differentiate.  We include.  We learn about days.  We find out what caused changes in behavior.  We enrich.  We monitor.  We adjust.  We troubleshoot tech problems.  We connect.  We enable growth.  We mind mindsets.  We inspire.  We encourage.  We teach.  We instruct.  We tutor.  We work with small groups.  We do extra past the curricular needs.  We school students after the school day.  We even sometimes, occasionally get to use the bathroom.

And that is just a partial list.  I forgot about laminating.,,copying.,,researching…blogging…newslettering…PSTAing…websiting…eating lunch from time to time…and on…and on…and on.

Seriously, how do we so much in a day?  And that is just the “school stuff.”  Don’t get me started on life and how to leave that at home once we start that “school stuff.”

DearTeacherLT2016 (You may use the image if you link back to the blog and/or give credit to Dear Teacher/Love Teacher)

DearTeacherLT2016 (You may use the image if you link back to the blog and/or give credit to Dear Teacher/Love Teacher)

Teacher, you and I are superheros!  After writing all of that, I think the image is wrong…we do more in a day that others do in a month!

But that is not my point.

I wanted to remind you about how not normal your life is…but how you overcome so much…especially on Mondays…and make a difference week-in and week-out.  It is truly amazing!  It really is.

So, when you start this week out (or any day that you might be reading this), remember that when you are overcoming and moving past obstacles and challenges you face, you are making a difference in the lives and futures of so many.  It is hard, but you do it every day, and it is completely spectacular.  You are living for something bigger than yourself…and everything you go through do that is worth it!  Seriously.

DearTeacherLT2016 - This image is a part of the Motivational/Growth Mindset ABCs-volume two (click for more information...oh, and they are on a HUGE sale!)

DearTeacherLT2016 – This image is a part of the Motivational/Growth Mindset ABCs-volume two (click for more information…oh, and they are on a HUGE sale!)

Thank you for you perseverance and tremendously hard work!  You are an inspiration to me and all the others you come into contact with.  Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you!

You are awesome!  You rock!  Keep on teaching, Teacher!

Love, Teacher

 

 

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Dear Teacher Daily – You Work Hard!


Dear Teacher,

You work hard all week…REALLY HARD…and you did great work this week…don’t forget to take some time for yourself this weekend! You need to and deserve it!  You are awesome!  You rock!  Keep on teaching, Teacher!

Love, Teacher

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DearTeacherLT2016 (You may use the image if you link back to the blog and/or give credit to Dear Teacher/Love Teacher)

 

Dear Teacher Daily – Find the Awesome


Dear Teacher,

Every day will not be a good day as a teacher…but every does have good things that happen. Great teachers learn to dwell on the good things (while not forgetting to learn from the not-so-good things). So, what went well today? Where was the awesome? Which of your students had an “aha” moment? Think about those things as you reflect. Never forget to remember the awesome! Speaking of awesome, that is what you are! You rock!

Love, Teacher

DearTeacherLT2016 - This is a card from the Dear Teacher/Love Teacher Awesome Note Mega Pack @ TpT (click the picture to see more).

DearTeacherLT2016 – This is a card from the Dear Teacher/Love Teacher Awesome Note Mega Pack @ TpT (click the picture to see more).

Dear Teacher Daily…A Call for Help (and some free & cheap stuff)


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DearTeacherLT2016 (You may use the image if you link back to the blog and/or give credit to Dear Teacher/Love Teacher)

Dear Teacher,

As you can tell, this has been a busy school year for me so far.  It have been having trouble finding time to write to you.  Well, part of it is time.  The other part is mind space.  Because I have been working on some teaching projects and some stuff here at home, I haven’t had a lot of creative, mental space to come up with ideas of things to write here.

And this is where you can help.

I need to know how your school year is going.  What is going well?  What is not going well?  What kind of encouragement and inspiration would you like to see here?  Also, look at some of my older posts and let me know what kind of posts you like the most here.  Quick encouragement?  Longer inspirational?  Creative picture notes?  Theme song posts?  Something else?  Please give me some feedback on this in the comments here or email me.  THANKS!

I am also considering bringing in some co-bloggers.  Do you have a blog?  Have you been thinking about blogging?  Would you like to guest post here at some point?  Right now I am just looking for some guest-bloggers, but there is the possibility of a regular day here at Dear Teacher/Love Teacher…maybe.  I really want this blog to be helpful to teachers…to do that, I think I need some help.  If you are interested, email me and we can talk more about the kind of posts I am looking for.  Thanks!

Last but not least, I teased some FREE and CHEAP stuff in the title (and in the picture).  As you have either read about here or have seen in the sidebar, there is a Dear Teacher/Love Teacher Teachers Pay Teachers Store.  There are mostly resources there to promote growth-mindset and positivity in your classroom (and a really cool math board game that I worked on for most of the summer called MAD MAD MATH MONEY).  I have decided to break the norms there on TpT and make the resources as cheap as I possibly can.  Few of the products are now free and the rest are $3 or less.  The only reason I am charging at all is because of the time spent making the resources and money put in (software costs, mostly).  Would you please check out the store and share about it?  Thanks!  You rock!

Thank you for using this site and all of the feedback you have given me via the comments or social media!

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DearTeacherLT2016 (You may use the image if you link back to the blog and/or give credit to Dear Teacher/Love Teacher)

I close with a reminder of how awesome you are.  You really are an amazing teacher.  I know some days are rougher than others, but don’t lose sight of the fact that you are making a difference.  You rock!  Keep on teaching, Teacher!

Love, Teacher

PS…Please share this post!  Thanks.  I would really love to get feedback from teachers all over.

Dear Teacher Daily – Your Secret Superpowers


Dear Teacher,

You are amazing and you are saving the future one student and one class at a time!  You spend the day igniting imaginations and putting out fires.  You inspire.  You lead.  You teach.  You are truly a superhero!  And you rock!  Keep on teaching, Teacher!

Love, Teacher

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DearTeacherLT2016 (You may use the image if you link back to the blog and/or give credit to Dear Teacher/Love Teacher)

Ain’t No Tired Like Teacher Tired…


Dear Teacher,

It’s been a while.  I am sorry about that.  I have been busy…teacher busy.  You know, no time for the extras in life.  I know I am preaching to the choir here, but being a teacher is exhausting!

So much to do.  So much to think about.  So much to plan for.  So much to do.  Wait, did I say that already?

And that is just the school stuff.  Then there is home life.  Friend life.  Life.  Who has the time?

We do…we make the time…but we are tired.  Being tired is okay.  It comes with the job.  But…

Make sure your tired is worth it.

Sometimes our tired comes from doing things that really, really, REALLY matter for our students (and our life).  Sometimes it doesn’t.

DearTeacherLT2016 (You may use the image if you link back to the blog and/or give credit to Dear Teacher/Love Teacher)

DearTeacherLT2016 (You may use the image if you link back to the blog and/or give credit to Dear Teacher/Love Teacher)

Sometimes we are spending our time and energy on things that may not be that important.  Often times, these things are given to us to do by other.  Other times we give these things to ourselves.

It is easier said than done, but we have got to prioritize…and that means taking a hard look at ourselves and what we are doing.  It might mean carving away things we love to do in our classroom but really aren’t making much of a difference.  It might also mean taking a stand with powers that be about things that are not worth the time and energy taken away from your students.

It is hard, but you need to do it, Teacher.  I need to do it.  Our students can’t afford to have us burn out.

And I know you can do this.  You are awesome!  You are amazing.  You can definitely make changes and fight battles for the sake of your students and your sanity!  You can do it.  I can do it.  We just have to step up and do it!

I can’t be anymore specific on how to prioritize because I don’t know your situation.  But I think you know the things that can and need to go.  Whatever they are, I totally have your back and believe in you.  I don’t want an amazing teacher like you to burnout and leave the field that needs you.

Have I mentioned that you are awesome?  Well, you are!

DearTeacherLT2016 (You may use the image if you link back to the blog and/or give credit to Dear Teacher/Love Teacher)

DearTeacherLT2016 (You may use the image if you link back to the blog and/or give credit to Dear Teacher/Love Teacher)

Thank you for all you do.  Thank you for the work you put it.  Thank you for fighting hard to make a difference in the life of your students.  You are.  You definitely are!  You rock!  Keep going and keep on teaching, Teacher!

Love, Teacher

PS…Could you do me a favor and check out the new posters I created and let me know what you think?  They are based on growth mindset.  I tried to come up with a way to promote the mindset with my classroom walls.  This is the second set of these (you can get a free preview of some of the posters from each set here).  I am a big believe in promoting growth mindset…and students eyes wonder around the room anyway, why not have something on the wall to help inspire them to set goals and work hard to reach them?!  Oh, and if you like them, they are on sale right now!  Thanks!  🙂

DearTeacherLT2016 - The Motivational/Growth-Mindset ABCs (volume two)

DearTeacherLT2016 – The Motivational/Growth-Mindset ABCs (volume two)

 

Dear Teacher Daily: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes


Dear Teacher,

I know this will come as no surprise, but change is hard.  Mind blown, right?

We are humans.  As humans we like at least a little consistency.  And it is normal.  It is okay.

But…sometimes change is necessary and important.

Change challenges us.  It pushes our limits.  It helps us see what we are capable of.  It helps us grow.  It makes us better people.  It makes us better humans.

DearTeacherLT2016 - This image is a part of the Motivational/Growth Mindset ABCs-volume two (click for more information)

DearTeacherLT2016 – This image is a part of the Motivational/Growth Mindset ABCs-volume two (click for more information)

Change is hard.  Change is good.  This makes change complicated.  And this complicated thing called change applies to our classroom.

Change as a teacher is hard…but it also good.  It helps us become better teachers…and it helps our students become better people.  When we grow and transform throughout the year, our students follow suit and do the same.

And isn’t this our main goal as teachers?  Bigger than content?  Bigger than grades?  Growth and transformation?

How does this happen?  Trying new things.  Making new choices.  Challenging ourselves.  Perseverance.  These are all the key to change…and again, they are hard.  But they are worth it.

DearTeacherLT2016 - This image is a part of the Motivational/Growth Mindset ABCs-volume two (click for more information)

DearTeacherLT2016 – This image is a part of the Motivational/Growth Mindset ABCs-volume two (click for more information)

What does these mean for you personally?

I guess that depends on you?  Are there changes you can make?  What are some things you are holding on to?  Classroom arrangement?  Teaching strategies?  Use of technology (using more or using less)?  Collaborating with others?

There is no end to the questions I could ask for, but I will leave that to you.  You are a reflective teacher…you know where you can challenge yourself with change.

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DearTeacherLT2016 (You may use the image if you link back to the blog and/or give credit to Dear Teacher/Love Teacher)

I hope I am making sense here.  I just have been thinking a lot about challenging myself through change.  As you can see, if you have been coming to the blog for a while, I just changed it pretty dramatically…and that is one of the inspirations for this post.

(On a side note, what do you think of the blog makeover?)

More than the blog though, I have been trying to take on some challenges.  I have been planning a very difficult lesson that is going to be used by a lot of students…and though it has been hard, it has been good.  I have learned a lot about myself through the challenge.

So, what are some things you can work on, change, and take on as a challenge?

I tell you, whatever they are, they are worth the hard work you will put in!  And I know you will put in that work because you are awesome!  You are such a great teacher!  I know you are not afraid of change.  I totally have your back and believe it you!  You rock!

DearTeacherLT2016 (You may use the image if you link back to the blog and/or give credit to Dear Teacher/Love Teacher)

DearTeacherLT2016 (You may use the image if you link back to the blog and/or give credit to Dear Teacher/Love Teacher)

Keep on teaching, Teacher!

Love, Teacher