Walk It Out!

Slippers!   The day was not looking good for me! I left my wallet in my daughter’s car early that morning.  I thought I left my phone at home and would not be back until that evening. I didn’t, whew! I had a long meeting at school that morning, had to call a parent about their child’s behavior and write him up.  I met with another person about being the coordinator of a committee at school (my 5th commitment). I had a come to Jesus moment with another student who rolled their eyes at me. I took 10 mins of recess the next day so students in my class could practice how to line up to go out of the room and into the hallway, since they were having such a hard time with it that afternoon.

After school, I had a training so I can be a better teacher and my head was filled with gibbly-garb as I thought about all the things I needed to get done that evening.  I needed to write sub plans for the next day, put students in reading groups, start behavior plans, look at IEP’s and create MTSS plans and tweak lesson plans, grade papers, fill out interims and on and on and on…………….

In the car on the way home, I turned the radio to several different stations.  Finally, I found a head-banger 80’s song, so I turned it up and sang loudly and banged my head to the music.  I found it quite refreshing. Then I remembered what my trainers, Demetrius and Andrea (DFIT Institute for Transformation) told me one day when had a similar day before school started.  They said to go for a walk outside. I thought that would be perfect today.

I got home and immediately changed into my workout wear, grabbed my earbuds and phone (playlist).  I walked in my neighborhood. I walked down my street and up another, up a really big hill and down the really big hill and then home.  As I was walking, I felt the breeze on my face, I looked at the trees, houses, yards, cars, saw a neighbor smile, a big dog (I prayed I wouldn’t be eaten) and all the drama and chaos of that day fell away.  I thought about how much energy I had now and how much I could get done, including writing this blog post!

I still had a lot to do, but I could conquer it now with my extra boost of energy and the fact that the stress of the day had fallen away all because I decided to walk it out!  

Take time for yourself, especially those of us who take work home.  Notice your signs for the need to de-stress and find a way that works for you.  Be intentional, purposeful and creative. Not everything works for everyone.  Make it a healthy choice, make it beneficial for you and your body. Remember it is important for you to be here and do what you do.  So walk it out and find your “ME“ again!

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!!!

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!