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Teacher-Moms, on the edge…

A letter to myself on the first day of school.

Breathe. 

You’re room looks fine, you look fine, you’ll be fine.  They are just as anxious as you are.

You know the cliche:

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They don’t forget what you say 😉  So make it worth repeating!  You can tell if you’re getting through to them when they are uncomfortable, but stay for the long haul.  It will be a rough ride until after winter break – it always is and it always will be.

Your responsibility is to those kids.  Make them bigger, better, stronger, and smarter.  They can do it!  Your hard work pays off – every year!

Don’t let admin get you down.  They can never care about you, your kids, or what you’re doing as much as you do, and you can’t change someone’s mind that’s close minded.  Stick to your guns – you have integrity and conviction and no one can take that away from you (but it really pisses them off).  Sometimes bad things are a blessing in disguise.

Tell your friends and family “thank you”…a lot.

You’re good at what you do – don’t stop doing!  You can change the world, it’s just a really big place, so it takes awhile.

 

Soul Pancake and Edutopia asked teachers to write a letter to themselves.

What would you say to you?

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6 comments on “A letter to myself on the first day of school.

  1. amforte66
    May 6, 2014

    Love this! It’s always good to hear that other teachers are thinking the same things I am. It sounds like you love your job! 🙂

    • Kevil
      May 12, 2014

      I do, I really can’t imagine doing anything else – I just wish red tape didn’t get in the way so much! It’s almost the end of the year 🙂 Hang in there! What do you do over the summer?

      • amforte66
        May 12, 2014

        Yay! 44 days including weekends. During the summer I relax, read A LOT, declutter my house, hang out with my kids, go to the beach, and just recharge. In August I start to get excited about school and begin surfing the web for new ideas for my classroom. How about you?

  2. Kevil
    May 12, 2014

    We only have 24 days! (sorry – that sounded like I was rubbing it in…) Same here for the summer, for the most part (minus the beach *jealous*) I do lots of taxi-ing kids to swim team, camp, and indoor soccer.

  3. Holly Connors
    May 17, 2014

    Great post. And that quote is sot true.

  4. Elvira
    May 27, 2014

    You are so cool! I don’t think I’ve truly
    read anything like this before. So nice to find another person with some
    original thoughts on this issue. Really.. thanks for starting this up.
    This web site is something that is needed on the internet, someone with a bit
    of originality!

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