I know that we all struggle through the tough patches of working in a somewhat thankless career. More than that, we are often scrutinized and demeaned by people who just don’t understand what we do. That can be hard, but we take it in stride and keep pressing on, even if no one notices. That is what makes us awesome. That is what makes you awesome!
I have put words to the unspoken thanks of students in the past, but I thought this morning I might give words to the unspoken thanks to someone else. I know this letter will probably never happen, but I am sure that there are those out there who definitely feel this way. So here is a letter to us from the world at-large.
Know that it is all true, even if we seldom hear it. Read it, smile, and know you are awesome. Share it with other teachers and lets get this Encouragement Revolution kicked into high gear today!
You are awesome. You are amazing. You are making a difference, even if it is only in the background where very few see it. You are making the future, and the world thanks you! I thank you! Thank you, Teacher! Keep on teaching!
PS…I know I keep talking about it, but I am so excited about these posters and how they can motivate students (intrinsically) to keep moving and pressing on! The Motivational ABCs Poster/Word Wall are available in the Dear Teacher/Love Teacher TeachersPayTeachers Store…check it out, if you haven’t had the chance! The image in this post is one of the printable posters in the set. Oh, and the posters are on a deep discount sale this week! You have $2 to motivate students, don’t you? 🙂
Good morning! Well, last month and yesterday I encouraged you to celebrate the little things about your teaching and students to help you stay focused when the going get tough. When I first posted about this, I celebrated some of the “little things” about this blog, but I did not yesterday. I really need to. Now that I am in the heat of planning some big dreams for next year, trying to find fresh ideas to write is not as easy.
As a teacher, I am encouraged and all but required to be a data analyzer (it helps that this a part of science, and I am a science teacher). So when I look at the numbers for the blog, Facebook page, Twitter feed, and Teachers Pay Teachers store, I tend to get to discouraged when those numbers are not growing consistently…which is the same thing I feel about student test scores and grades throughout the year. The lack of growth adds to the stress of coming up with new and innovative ways to spread encouragement and hope to you and to others through you.
I need to stop stress and remember why I started this whole thing and then take a look at the numbers from that perspective and start having some little (and big) celebrations over those things. I have only been doing this for about six and a half weeks, and the growth of this blog and encouragement movement in that little bit of time is phenomenal! I need to just keep doing what I am doing and not care about the numbers!
That said, let me celebrate some of the “numbers” and good things that are going on with Dear Teacher/Love Teacher…
The blog itself (not counting Facebook and Twittter followers) has 79 followers (33 bloggers and 46 through email). This does not count RSS followers, because I am not currently tracking that. This is an amazing number! Thank you for following and thinking this is important enough to follow!
There have been 279 shares so far (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Email, and WordPress Blogs)! That is a big part of the success of the blog, your shares! Thank you so much for sharing the encouragement with others! That is kind of the point of this whole thing!
The number of likes almost tripled over the weekend because of people sharing! Thanks so much!
The FB page has allowed me to share other forms of encouragement besides blog posts, and that has given me some freedom from the stress of new ideas for the blog. This is quite great for me!
There are currently 61 Twitter followers! Thank you for following!
Twitter has given me new ways to connect with you and for people to share what is going on here!
I have also been allowed to find a great deal of sources to share with you to help give you hope, encouragement, and challenges to make you a better teacher. I have enjoyed getting to know Twitter a bit!
Teachers Pay Teachers Store
Getting this set up and learning the ropes has been a slight challenge for me, but I think I finally have it figured out!
The Dear Teacher/Love Teacher Store is now officially re-opened! It is a place for you to get some real resources to help you be a source and conduit of hope for teachers and students at your school and where ever you go!
I have created an “Awesome Note” that comes in a variety of sizes (both b&w and color, too) that you can print and use to send messages of hope and encouragement to those who need them. This is on sale for $1 for a limited time!
These are the only two available items right now, but I am working on more!
Well, all I can say is thank you! This has been an amazing ride for the last six and half months, and I look forward to many, many more! Thank you, again, for supporting and joining this encouragement revolution!
You are so awesome! I am honored to help encourage you as you give out your awesome to others! You are an amazing teacher. As always, keep on teaching, Teacher!
Here some quick encouragement for you, since my post probably encouraged me more than you! 🙂 Thank you, Teachers!