Appreciate A Teacher (Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6-10)

Show your support to a Teacher this week!

It always amazes me (now that I’m a Teacher) how one person can control 20-30 people in one room and not even think twice about walking out. PATIENCE, they say, is a virtue.  But I know that PATIENCE is a work of the HEART!

It takes a lot of PATIENCE and TOUGH LOVE to manage a classroom full of students.  Thinking back to my years as a student, I know that Teachers were respected by the school, parents and students.  I don’t remember if that made it easier or not. But I do know that now, it’s not like that. And it makes it very hard to teach.

Everyday Teachers are trying to teach, but 20-30 students with different personalities, behaviors, attitudes, home lives, influences are in the classroom today without support from the school, parents or students.  Many teachers give up, leave the profession they love, or continue knowing the outcome is bleak.

Every person on this planet has had a Teacher.  Someone who they hated or loved, someone who spoke to them or into them, someone who became a mom/dad or person they admired.  Someone who they grew up to be or wanted to be like, someone who encouraged them or pushed them harder. These Teachers still exist!  They are still in classrooms all over this world. Thank them! They make a difference everyday, in any way they can!

Please Support My Classroom!

Flexible Seating Arrangements

My students need wobble chairs and stack stools in our classroom!  Hard, one size fits all chairs are the thing of the past! Our kids sit in these all day! Could you? Help me change that in my class! 6 more days and Donor Choose doubles your donation!

My Students

My students are energetic, insightful and love to learn. They are ambitious, great citizens and lovers of a brain break or two. They love to move throughout the classroom during the day instead of sitting at their desks. Some stand, some sit on the floor, some sit with their feet in their chairs trying to find comfort in the ordinary classroom they are given.

They are eager to learn and will do so much more in a group atmosphere where they can change seating arrangements.

Movement in our classroom is a must for all learners. My students learn best when they can choose where and how to sit.

My Project

Flexible seating is supported by various research studies which indicate that alternative seating increases students development through greater focus and physical strengthening. The use of an alternative form of seating can ensure proper positioning, in turn affecting a student’s ability to focus. Students who are able to focus better and for longer periods of time will be able to learn more efficiently in all academic areas, including reading and language arts.

Through flexible seating in my classroom, I believe student performance in both reading and math will greatly improve over the course of the school year.

I expect that behavior patterns will also decrease with the use of flexible seating. It gives my students the freedom of movement and the proper positioning of their bodies to remain focused on activities that are vital for academic achievement.

Where Your Donation Goes

MATERIALS COST QUANTITY TOTAL
Fat Catalog ALT-SF-325-RD Kids Round Soft Seating Stool, Red• AMAZON BUSINESS $46.15 2 $92.30
Active Kids Chair – Active Chairs for Toddlers, Pre-Schoolers & Children Who Can’t Sit Still – Great 14″ Wobble Chair for Kids with ADD/ADHD – Corrects Posture | Blue – Age range 3-7y• AMAZON BUSINESS $42.99 2 $85.98
ECR4Kids SoftZone Floor Cushions with Handles, 2″ Deluxe Foam, Round, Assorted, (6-Pack) • AMAZON BUSINESS $70.00 1 $70.00
Norwood Commercial Furniture NOR-1101AC-SO Plastic Stack Stools, 17.75″ Height, 11.75″ Width, 11.75″ Length, Assorted Colors (Pack of 5) • AMAZON BUSINESS $50.73 1 $50.73
Bouncy Bands for Elementary School Chair (Blue)• AMAZON BUSINESS $13.95 2 $27.90

This project will reach 23 students.

Ms. Brooks will only receive her materials if this project is fully funded by October 1, 2018.

 

Dear Parents

I’m pouring out my heart at conferences to let you know I’m fighting for your child, pushing them to the next level and loving them with everything I am!  And I’m thankful for your support of my purpose.

Your Child’s Teacher

Unfortunately,  most teachers do not work for the money. (the truth is:  there’s no money in teaching).  Teachers actually teach because they love it!  Most would do it for free, by hey, we gotta pay bills and eat.

The support from parents is very important to us.  Coming to our school conferences allows us to showcase your child’s work and the successes their making.  It also allows us to discuss things that aren’t so great, like behavior.

Let us in!  We should be supporting each other.  Most teachers have 25-30+ students they see everyday.  Your child is one (1) of them.  Let us help you maximize your child’s potential! We love them like our own!

Even When………

Even when I can’t see it,

They are learning.

Even when I can’t feel it,

they are learning.

I know I want it now

But someday, somehow…….

Even when I think I’m failing,

They are learning.

 

I wrote this poem after testing all week and all day.  My brain was tired, my body was tired, and when I saw the growth my students had made.  I was scared!  I worked really hard everyday, every week, everyday off, every holiday to improve my teaching and find ways to reach the hardest students.  I know this, too, is YOU!  

Teacher, you are inspiring, lovable, inspirational, incredible, awesome and a hero!  You put yourself on a front line everyday!  You don’t know from day to day what your students are learning no matter how hard you try teaching it.  But there comes a day, you can actually see your hard work pay off.  You can actually see your student’s hard work pay off.  It will happen!  You are more than what parent’s see.  You are more than what society sees.  You are more than what the world sees.  You are wonderfully and beautifully made for this PURPOSE, your PURPOSE……………. To be a TEACHER!

 

I am proud to stand with you!   Congratulations!!!

Parents Please!

Parents Please take a moment to say,

Thank you to your Teacher today.

They’ve spent all day with your little one,

And need to hear what a great job they’ve done.

 

Remember, please to keep in touch,

We know we’re not asking too much.

We know you want to know how

Your little one is doing right about now.

 

Don’t keep us waiting or we’ll have to conference,

Some things just have to be said.

Whether it’s academic or behavior,

It’s important before the dread-ed…………report card!

 

Don’t hide away, but keep us close,

It’s our job to work together.

To lead your little one toward the future,

In any kind of weather.

 

We love them like our own ,

and treat them like our baby.

But manners are important,

We expect them wholeheartedly.

 

Respect, above all else,

And the way we treat each other.

Is the most important part,

Of this school relationship with one another.

 

Let’s stick together this year and beyond,

Don’t be afraid to speak.

Stand side by side; in unison,

Their next grade is what we seek!

 

Lola Brooks

 

I Don’t Like Love

Love is just too hard.  Loving people who don’t care to love you back no matter what you do.  No matter how you pour into the relationship.  No matter how much you tell them.  No matter how much time you spend making sure they know.  It doesn’t matter.  It’s just too hard that you want to give up.

 

This scenario happened today.  Man, it was a hard day to love.  I tried, I pleaded, I begged and just some folks didn’t want it.  How disappointed I felt!  I tried really hard!  It hurt my heart to know that my love could be thrown away, unwanted!  

 

I believe that we should love everyone.  Treat each other with respect.  Lift each other up with positive words.  Support each other’s dreams.  I have high expectations.  I expect a high quality relationship with people.  They just don’t get it, they just don’t get it!

 

I’m a teacher.  This happened today.  Our attitude and our behavior affect our outcome.  I worry my littles don’t get this.  I worry that they don’t know they have the ability to change where they are now as well as in the future.    There are days I feel like I’m in the middle of a war between home and school.  

 

Tomorrow is a new day!  I will again fight for my students.  Love them with everything within me and move them forward toward a brighter future.  I do it because I know one day they will shine like the brightest stars in the sky and everyone will see their beauty; like I do!

What’s your impact?

Today was a great day!  An impact is having a strong effect on someone or something.  I’m a teacher, which, just the thought is an impact in itself.  Take a listen………

 

I teach first grade!  My littles struggle with all of life’s issues, if their parents suffer it, they do too.  During a math lesson, after working out a problem in their math book, I asked for volunteers to come to the board and show their strategies.  Hands went up everywhere in the classroom including one little boy who is very, very shy and soft spoken.  I saw his hand and trying not to attract attention to him, I whispered to my teacher assistant to look.  After the student before him sat down, I told him to go show us his strategy.

 

The class went silent!  He worked his strategy on the board and wrote the correct answer.  We took pictures and a video to send to his parents.  What a proud moment!  

 

When he turned around, the class erupted in celebration.  He went back to his seat with the biggest smile on his face.  It took all I had to hold back tears of joy! While other students presented their strategies, the celebration continued for him.  Students said, “Good job!  I’m proud of you!  You did good!” to him and he just smiled.

 

I knew what “impact” was in that moment and saw first hand what it can accomplish when you take the time to expect great things to happen.  We have very high expectations in our class.  We are 21st century citizens!  We take our studies seriously!   And it shows!   

 

What’s Your Impact?

 

Things I Want My First Graders to Know

I love you!

I believe in you!

You are destined for great things!

After the first week of school and bringing homework home every night and thinking of my little students, I wrote this over the weekend. I wanted them to know how important they are. That you’re not too little to dream, to do great things and to be loved just for being themselves!

I posted it in my classroom and then went over it with them, so they could understand what I was trying to tell them. So they would know who they are and that they are important. So that they would know how I felt about them and that I wasn’t afraid to show it. Then, I read, “You Are Wonderfully and Beautifully Made”, my first authored book. The same words written in that book made a connection to the words I wrote on that poster. That book was written in 2014, three years later I’ve written different words with the same meaning to little ones who deserve to know how special they are.

On Sunday in church while I was worshipping my Heavenly Father,   He reminded me that the words I wrote for my students He wrote for me. I love you! I believe in you! You are destined for great things! And most recently, I’m so proud of you! He created me to be the very person you see today. He purposed me to love, teach and treasure little ones who need to know they are not mistakes or unwanted! They are worthy and highly thought of. They are also purposed to do great things that He created them to be. When they hear they this, their eyes get wide and their mouths open. They look at each other and have the biggest smiles on their faces. Then they know that they are wonderfully and beautifully made.

You are too! You were created on purpose, for a purpose. He knew you way before you were conceived! He wanted you, He needed you! He loves you! He believes in you! He destined you for great things! I know some of you don’t believe in God and that’s ok! It is a choice. But fortunately, you were created by the same Heavenly Father as I! And you too, are wonderfully and beautifully made!

1 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3   You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue, you, Lord, know it completely. 5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. 7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?   8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea. 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12   even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day,   for darkness is as light to you. 13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place,   when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God How vast is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you. Psalm 139:1-18

My Teacher, My Hero

Teachers are people who work really hard at their jobs. They work up to 10 hours a day at school (7-5) and then at home, after taking care of their families. It is my 1st year in 1st grade. It is the 3rd day of school. I worked a week and ½ before school started and including Saturdays to get ready for school. I have worked from 7-4 every day this week to prepare, learn and teach all there is to know about 1st grade. Then made myself leave school to take care of my family and continue to work on school stuff at home until 9-10 every night. I woke up last night at 3:43 am and couldn’t go back to sleep. I was thinking about all the things I needed to that day to teach the schedule, assess, teach routines and behaviors, help them learn their lunch numbers, make anchor charts, rework the schedule, remember how to take attendance, pull up the math on the LED, planning with my grade level, next week’s lesson plan, etc. I prayed to go back to sleep, but I just laid there thinking.

Some people complain about our job as a Teacher. Some people think we are awesome. I think we are Heroes! We would stop the world from spinning to make sure a child is loved, cared for, learning, having fun, making friends, being a friend, being respectful, having a full belly and a hug. We make sure every day your child knows what they have learned and that they are important and have a purpose for being here. We do what we do because we love it. We work hard, because your child is worth it.

Take time and appreciate a Teacher. We all have a teacher that changed our lives, made us better people and made us think a different way. Mine was my 4th grade teacher. She cared for a student who no one cared for. She made sure he was loved and that no one treated him mean. I thank her because that’s how I teach! Thank you, Mrs. Greer!

I will continue to push myself daily, hourly, minute by minute to make sure your child has a great year at school! My school is great! I can’t wait to get there tomorrow to do it all over again!

 

Teachers, Prepare To Fight!

As you are preparing for your first day of the new school year, remember to put on the full armor of God. Every day you step into your school and classroom, the enemy will try to fight you through the students, parents, other teachers, administers, county, state and national leaders. He will make you feel insecure, useless, hopeless, and defeated.   You must be prepared to fight back and stand up for what you know is right!

Ephesians 6:10-18

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

A wonderful and lovely friend reminded me of this passage this morning. The enemy wants our students and schools to fail, so we feel like failures. If our focus is on us and our failures, then the enemy knows it won’t be on God.  But if we put on the armor of God and pray our way through, this very first day of the new school year will be a breeze. In Romans 8:31, it says, “what, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” And we all know that God wins in the end, right? (smile inserted)

So as you put on your clothes, jewelry, shoes, etc., remember the put on the armor of God to protect you against any evil thing that may come your way. Ask God to come into your classroom and school and to help you be strong and face what may very well be your best year yet!

You are in my prayers! Have a GREAT First Day!