Posted in General Inspiration, Note to Teachers, Pep Talk

Do Something


Dear Teacher,

Last post, I encouraged you not to waste your todays.  Today I just want to remind you of that.  Today is all you have.  Today is what your students need ythatou to use.

Do something today.

Do something big.

Do something meaningful.

Do something lasting.

Do something.

Make today count.  Do not let it slip away.  Make it last for a student.  Make it last for all of them.  Make something of today.

Do something.

You are awesome!  I know you will make today a memory worth having for someone.  Remember that I believe in you.  I think that you are an amazing teacher.  Keep on teaching, Teacher!

Love, Teacher

Posted in General Inspiration, Note to Teachers, Pep Talk, Perseverance

So Close…Never Give Up..


Whale – Watched… HuffingtonPost

Dear Teacher,

I saw this in an article this morning and just had to share.  It made me think of you.  Yes, it is a real picture.  The whale-watchers had no idea they were being whale-watched!

Sometimes we are so close with helping our students turn a corner.  Sometimes it is remarkably close, and we just don’t know it.  This is why we can’t give up.  This is why we must keep going.

Our students are getting it.  We are making a difference.  Keep going, Teacher!  Keep teaching!  You are so awesome!

Have a great break!  Relax and recharge those batteries!

Love, Teacher

Posted in Friday Note, General Inspiration, Get Psyched!, Hope for Teachers, Note to Teachers, You Are Awesome!!!

‘Twas the day before break…


Dear Teacher,

I hope you have the best break ever!  You deserve it.

I am going to leave you with a little poem.  Have a happy holiday season and stay safe, get rest, and get ready for 2014!

A Break from Your Classoom

‘Twas the day before break, when all through the classroom,
Each creature was stirring; the teacher, too, I assume;
The students were antsy and moving here and there;
In hopes that the clock would move faster if they stare;
The administration was nestled all snug in their offices;
With having visions of no calls about students from all of us;
And you in your holiday sweater and matching cap,
Just want to settle your brain for a long winter’s nap,
When out on the hall there arose such a clatter,
You sprang from your chair to see what was the matter.
Away to the door you flew like a flash,
Spun doorknob and moved the door with a crash.
The fluorescent light from the hallway gave off quite a glow,
You looked left and right to see what you could know,
When the noise that had traveled to your wondering ear,
Helped you realize that it was the bell that you did hear.
The end of the day really did come so  quick,
It was just like a present from dear old St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles the students they came,
And they hustled and shouted, and you called them by name:
“Now, students! bye-bye students! Bye you wonderful children!
Bye, students!  Do be careful as you leave this dear buildin’!
To the top of the hallway! to the top of the hall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”
As papers and dust in their happy wake fly,
When they meet with their bus they jump in not shy;
And back to their houses with them the bus oh it flew
With all of the girls and boys, and their energy too—
And then, in a twinkling, I heard you so true
Your prancing and dancing to your door as you did shoo.
You got in your car without turning around,
Down the parking lot you and your car were home-bound.
The school, in your rear view got smaller by  sight—
“Happy Holidays to all, and to all a good night!”
Saw this on Facebook this morning…I had to use it!

You are awesome!  You are amazing!  You are a teacher!  Keep on teaching, Teacher!

Love, Teacher

Posted in General Inspiration, Get Psyched!, Hope for Teachers, Note to Teachers, Pep Talk, You Are Awesome!!!

Almost There…


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(c)DearTeacherLT2013 

Dear Teacher,

You are almost there!  You have almost made it!  Holiday break is just around the corner.  You can almost count the minutes!

You have worked so hard to keep students engaged.  You have poured your heart out.  You have put in the hours and the energy to capture their hearts and minds.  You have tried to make this time before break both educational and memorable.  And you have done it.  You have knocked it out of the park!

It may not have been perfect, you you have done well, my friend.  Great job!  Amazing!  You are such a great teacher!

The students may not always appreciate the work you do now, but you are making a difference.  You are doing so well.  Every minute may not be awesome, but your awesome never stops.  Nice job.  You have done what you do so well.  You are so awesome!

Thank you for all that you do.  Thank you for working so hard.  Thank you for caring so much.  Thank you for being you.

Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you!

I hope you have the best holiday break ever!  Take it easy.  Take a break.  Rest.  Relax.  Get charged up for the rest of the year!

You are so awesome!  You are so amazing!  Your students need you and you are making a difference in their lives.  Keep on teaching, Teacher!

Have a great break, you have earned it and deserve it!

Love, Teacher

Posted in General Inspiration, Note to Teachers, Pep Talk

No Idea…(teachers have the upper hand)


Ready for the Day

Dear Teacher,

You are the one.  You have what you need.  You have plans, but you also have heart.  You are ready…even if you are not completely ready.

You have a mind and know how to use it.  You can roll with the waves and the punches.  This day…this week…this year will not dominate you.  You’ve got this.  Somewhere deep inside you know that you can handle this.

Your students have no idea what is coming.  Use that.  You can do something different today.  Take them off guard.  Show them that you know your stuff.  Show them that you care.  Show them that you are the teacher that they need you to be.

What do I mean by this?  That depends on you.  That depends on what you are facing today.  That depends on what you need.

Does that mean that I am being generic with my encouragement today?

No!  It just means that the message for today is whatever you need it to be.

You really do have this under control, even if you don’t feel like it.

No matter what is ahead of you, you can do this today.  You can teach.  You can make it through.  You can be who your students need you to be.

Be that teacher.

You are that teacher.

Do what you need to do today.

Need to change your plans?  Do it.

Need to review though there is little time to do it?  Review away.

Need to take a stand about an issue happening in your class?  Stand up.

Need to hold your ground on a school issue unrelated to students?  Do what you need to do.

Be who you need to be today.

Your students and those around you have no idea what you have in store today.  You have the upper hand.  You have the element of surprise.  Surprise them today.

You’ve got this!

Teach away!

You are awesome!  You can do this today.  Go.  Do.  Be the teacher!  You are amazing!  I believe in you!  Keep on teaching, Teacher!

Love, Teacher

Posted in General Inspiration, Hope for Teachers, Note to Teachers, Pep Talk, Perseverance

What You Are Not…


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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,

I have written to you a lot about what you are as a teacher.  You are a world-changer.  You are a superhero.  You are a live-saver.  You are a future-molder…

You are tired.  You are stressed.  You are over-worked.  You are overwhelmed.  You are beat-up.  You are burned out.

You are a teacher.

Today I want to do something a little different.  I want to mention something that you are not.  It is something that you need to hear and be reminded of each and every day.

You, Teacher, are not alone. 

Since last Friday, I have received more feedback than I ever gotten about the blog.  Goodness No!, Be The Shark, and Superheroes and Alter-Egos have really resounded with teachers.  There have been so many messages of “thanks” and “I needed to hear that.”  The common theme seems to be that what I am saying is what you all are going through.

The funny part is that with all three of these posts, I truly was writing to myself.  I was speaking to what I am feeling and going through.  I was trying to remind myself to remember why I do what I do in all of the busyness and stress of teaching.  I was talking to me and letting you listen in.

Teachers from all over the world have said, “That is me, too.  I am going through those things.  I am having those thoughts.  That is how I feel.  Thank you for the reminders of why I teach and what is important!”

You know what this means?

We are not alone.

No matter how you feel at your school, in your grade level, in your subject area, or whatever your teaching situation, you are not on your own.  What you are going through is common.  What you are feeling is not odd.  You don’t have to feel lonely as a teacher because the teachers around you aren’t feeling the same way.  Other teachers ARE going through what you are going through.  The teachers you work with probably are, too, they are just hiding it well.

You are not alone.

Do not be ashamed of feeling tired and overwhelmed.  Don’t be embarrassed by the burnout.  Don’t feel bad when you mess up, lose your cool, or just want to give up.  You are not the only one.  You can get through it.  You can get past it.  You can get back to who you are and why you love to teach.

We know what you feel like because we feel it to…you are not alone because the whole world of teachers is with you.

Feel like giving up?  You are not alone.

Burned out?  Beat up?  Beat down?  You are not alone.

Stressed?  Overwhelmed?  Exhausted?  You are not alone.

Feeling isolated and lonely in what you are experiencing in teacherhood?  You most definitely are not isolated and alone…we are right there with you.

Feel like you are the only one who feels the way you do?  You aren’t.  You are not alone.

Have I said it enough?  You are not alone.

“So what?  I am not alone.  I get it.  Now what?”

Knowing you are not alone is a great place to start.  It reminds you that other people have experienced, are experiencing, and will experience what you are experiencing.  This thought alone gives you hope.  Hope leads to perseverance.  Perseverance keeps you going.  Going and pushing on lets you get through what you are going through.  Getting through gives you perspective and helps you keep going next time you get on this cycle.  AND…all of this helps you to remember why you teach and keeps you on that teaching path…no matter what the world and life and teaching throws at you.

So…know you are not alone and let this give you hope.

You can make it.  You can get through.  You can push on.  You can.  You can.  You can.  You can because you are not alone!

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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)

You are awesome!  You will keep going.  You are making a difference and you will keep making a difference.  You are amazing and YOU ARE NOT ALONE!  Remember this and keep on teaching, Teacher!

Love, Teacher

Posted in General Inspiration, Hope for Teachers, Note to Teachers, Video Note

Tuesday Reminder…


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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,

Today is Tuesday.  You are back into the grind of another week.  Tuesdays can be hard.  If it is a rough, long day, it is really rough and long because the end of the week is still so very far away!

I hope today is not one of those days for you.  As a matter of fact, don’t let it be.  Take charge of this Tuesday.  Make it yours!  Don’t let stress and worries drag it down and away from you.  Keep finding the positive.  Keep remembering your goal (your students) and keep moving towards it.

  • Find a way to work with difficult students.
  • Check some things off of your “to-do” list.
  • Clean a pile or two off of your desk.
  • Get engagement from your students, no matter what it takes.
  • Get some student to connect “A” to “B”…and do so on their own.
  • Have a breakthrough with a student.
  • Try a new strategy.
  • Master an old tried strategy.
  • Make students know they are smart.
  • Give a hug or two.
  • Write some notes to make people feel awesome.
  • Give lots and lots of high-fives.
  • Look in the mirror and remind yourself of your awesome.
  • Put some non-priorities on the back burner.
  • Focus, focus, focus on students and what they need.
  • Help students get just a little better at learning on their own.
  • Do something.
  • Help someone.
  • Be awesome.

Today is Tuesday.  It is your day.  Make it yours.  Don’ let it slip away!

Here is my second attempt at an encouraging and/or motivational video.  I like this one a lot better than the first.  Have a watch and then share it with other teachers you think could use a shot of awesome!

So, Tuesday Teacher, remember that your awesome!  You are awesome.  You have awesome.  Be awesome and share awesome with every student, teacher, parent, family member, administrator, support staff member you see…and be awesome to yourself.  

You are amazing!  Today will be yours.  It is yours.  I know you will make it yours!  You are going to make a difference for at least one person today…probably more.  I love the way you care so much for the people around you, especially your students.  Show that care today.  I know you will!  Keep on teaching, you wonderful Teacher, you!

Love, Teacher

PS…Here is the first video, in case you missed it.  Motivational ABCs – The Movie!

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