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Ordinary Teaching Makes Extraordinary Teachers


Dear Teacher,

I don’t know what kind of day you have had or week you are having, but I want to encourage you.  Keep doing those every day things that you do.  The every-day adds up.  It is the day-to-day that builds into your awesomeness.

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You don’t hear “thank you” enough.  So let me thank you.

Thank you, Teacher.  You do what needs to be done.  You are changing the future one day at a time.  You are awesome!  Never give up!  Keep on teaching and turning the ordinary into extraordinary!

Love, Teacher

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(Unspoken) Words from Your Students


Dear Teacher,

You are amazing.  You know that, right?  You give your students what they need before they need it.  Almost like magic!

You work hard.  You make choices for the best that students disagree with.  You are patient.  You are kind.  You are nice.  Even when you don’t feel like you can be.

You will seldom be thanked…especially by the toughest of students.

They will appreciate what you have done and are doing…one day.

They do not always have the words now to tell you.

So…this note is for you.  Here are the words (unspoken) that your students aren’t ready or can’t say yet.  They are still true.

Take them to heart.  Be encouraged.  Let a smile rise to your lips.  It is okay.  You can feel the pride.  You deserve it!

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Don’t give up!  Do all that you do and keep doing it well.  Keep on teaching, Teacher!  You are AWESOME!

Love, Teacher

PS…Pass this one one to a teacher that you know needs to hear this!  Also, please comment with a story about a time a student has been able to thank you for your hard work for them.  🙂

Posted in Cheer Up, General Inspiration, Hope for Teachers, Note from Student, Picture Note, Poster/Graphic

Your Secret Teacher Identities…


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Dear Teacher,

I know that you are tired.  Just know that all you do is worth it.  You are making a difference!  You are so awesome!

Keep on teaching, Teacher.

Love, Teacher

PS…Those that saw the first message last night…I updated the picture.  The color scheme needed an adjustment.

Posted in General Inspiration, Get Psyched!, Hope for Teachers, Note to Teachers, Picture Note, Poster/Graphic, You Are Awesome!!!

A Sorta Message for the September Slump


Dear Teacher,

Only teachers understand the September Slump.  The newness of the year has worn off and we are into the thick of things.  We are tired and worn out, but we are still fighting strong.  Here is a little rally message for your Semptember Slump.

Keep on teaching, Teacher!  You are awesome!

Love, Teacher

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

Well Done!


Dear Teacher,

Same message as yesterday and last weekend…don’t forget to see the good and positive along with the “needs work” areas as you reflect on the week.  You had some awesome in you this week and do did your students.  Don’t forget to celebrate and take a little bow.  You deserve to and have earned it!  You rock because you are awesome!  Keep on teaching, Teacher!

Share this encouragement with another teacher.  He or she deserves it, too!

Love, Teacher

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Posted in Hope for Teachers, Pep Talk, Reflection

Remembering What You Forgot


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Dear Teacher,

When I was a kid, I loved the idea of amusement parks and carnivals.  There was something so exciting and a bit surreal about them.  The colors, the sounds, the smells…it was like another world.  They made me feel alive, and the energy a trip to one brought would last for a long time…until normal life pushed the memories away and everything was back to the same-old, same-old.

What is amazing is that even now, as an adult, even just seeing an amusement park or carnival brings back some of that same exhilaration.  Not exactly the same energy as experiencing it as a child or actually being there, but the memories come rushing back and there is a little surge of that excitement that wells up.  I know that someone could probably explain the brain processes that cause this, but I prefer to just enjoy the rush of memories!  It makes me feel like a kid again, especially if it is with one of my kids.

I am, and a lot of you are, in the throws of finishing up the school year or have just finished.  We are tired, beat-up, over-whelmed, stressed, sad, and focused on getting everything done.  This is draining.  Though we love our students, we get lost in the details and sometimes are just looking at the light at the end of the tunnel and forgetting the reason we are doing this in the first place.

Okay, well I don’t know if you feel that way, but yesterday was like that for me.  The thrill and joy of teaching the students this year was replaced by the stress of the monotony of crossing every “t” and dotting every “i” at the end of the year.  I was worn out by evening and pre-stressing  over the details of the next day.  When I woke up this morning, I realized I was missing something…my students.

I was forgetting that they are why I am looking for “t’s” and “i’s” to cross and dot!  They are facing the end of the school year.  They are excited.  They are sad.  They are nervous.  They are ecstatic.  They are a ball of emotions and they need their teacher there to understand and go through these emotions with them!  I need to remember them.  They are my reason for teaching.  I need to find a way to push through the stress and be the teacher they need me to be.

Like seeing, hearing, or smelling carnival colors, sounds, and smells take me back to that excitement, I need to find reminders of the thrills of teaching my students this year.  I need to look at them and see the awesomeness that they are and tell them.  I need to talk, laugh, and cry with them.  I have only a couple of days left.  I need to enjoy this time with them, even through the stress!

Are you in the same place with this?  Did you just experience this?  How are you do you deal with the closing of the year but still trying to focus on your students?  Please share, for the good of the group!  🙂

Teacher, I know you make the right choices.  You put your students first.  You push through the monotony and find a way to love on your kids and let them know you care.  You are awesome!  Keep teaching, Teacher!

Love, Teacher

PS…I will be taking a two week sabbatical from the blog.  If you would be interesting in guest-posting (for my blogging friends) or just writing a message to pass on encouragement and hope while I am out, please let me know your interest and/or pitch me your idea via email: dearteacher@outlook.com.  Thanks!  I could use the help and teachers need your encouragement!

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