It is Monday. The start of a new week. It is a fresh beginning. You have arrived at the dawning of something that has never been before…this week.
Sometimes a new week of teaching can feel like coming to a big city for the first time. It is overwhelming. You know about the city and know where you need to go, but stepping on to the sidewalk can make you have to catch your breath at first. It is big. It is here. It is real. You have never navigated these streets before, and now you are here walking them. It can be a bit much, but you keep walking. You keep going. You find your way. You make it through. You make it possible for yourself to get better and learn the places you need to go. You press on until it is not a big deal anymore.
A new week can be very similar. You know what is coming up. You know some of what to expect from the week. You also know that there are new challenges that await that you haven’t been made aware of yet. If it is a big week, like state testing or something of that sort, it is even more daunting. You go over in your head what you need to do, where you need your students to get to, and all that you have to get done. Now it is Monday morning, and you are about to step into those streets. You have to brace yourself and make yourself keep walking.
Deep breath, Teacher. You’ve got this. Step out. Keep going.
You greet the week with all that you have. You have done this before. You have conquered other “big city” weeks. This one will be no different. You will do what you need to do. You will get your students where they need to be. You will take everything in stride and keep walking. You will keep going. You will survive.
This week has nothing on you.
Big cities are awesome. Weeks can seem awesomely daunting. But you are awesome-er. Your awesome is bigger than the biggest city and the most difficult weeks.
You’ve got this.
You are awesome, for real! You are amazing because you do keep going. You know what your students need and you get them to succeed. You are making a difference. Keep walking and keep on teaching, Teacher!
You are a rock star waiting in the wings of the stage for your moment in front of the crowd.
This is Monday…your big show. This show sets up every other show this week. Mondays mean more than any other day.
You are ready. You’ve got this. You are rested and ready to go.
You have planned and prepared. You have nothing left but to execute your lessons. You can do this.
No matter what the day brings, you are a professional. You know what to do. Get ready and get out there and do it!
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!
Breathe in. Breathe out. It is almost go time. The students are ready for you. Get your mind ready for them.
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!
Get amped up! Get psyched! You live for this! Get your teaching game face on!
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!
You are awesome! You are believed in! Go out and teach like you know you can! Keep teaching, 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!