Posts tagged inspiration
Posts tagged inspiration
A pinterest board to inspire educators of the best of quotes and inspiration. We become what we think so fill your mind with great thoughts. This is a wonderful board to follow from Edutopia.
(via Be Inspired.)
I’m writing right now with my feet propped up. I read that people are more creative in the recliner. I’ve found that when I write in the recliner that my posts tend to do better.
This weekend I wrote Questioning Rigor and it has gotten a powerful response since I posted it a few hours a go.
I am just wondering because if my best blog posts – the most “epic” (if you could call them that) – the ones that resonate the most with others – were all written when I was in a nontraditional position then maybe I’m limiting my students if they have to blog sitting up.
For me, I think that when I’m writing in the recliner, I’m choosing to write in my free time. I relax and let it flow.
When I’m at my desk, I’m there to work and I think I’m inherently wondering when I’ll get done.
I write because I’m called to write and because I love it. But I’m thinking that there is some truth to creativity and a change in position.
As I look for new chairs and seating in my classroom this fall, I’m just thinking and wondering about other positions. If my students are always writing while in the up and down chair are we missing out on what they can really say?
Just wondering and thinking out loud. I’ll be interested to see with what others think. I’m just looking at my top 10 posts over on my main Cool Cat Teacher Blog and realize that they were mostly written as I reclined and it makes me think. Maybe getting kids to write is as close as letting them sit on the floor or kick back.
Sometimes there are secluded spots I could sit in forever. I store these moments in my heart so I can visualize them when storms come.
Teachers need these quiet places in their heart just to make it some times. If you are lucky enough to find even one such moment in your summer. Drink it in. Feel it. Close your eyes and picture it in your mind- open your eyes and compare. Literally hold that thought.
I read once that your mind cannot tell the difference in visualizing and being there. You have the chance to carry a vacation with you.
When everything is going wrong, you’ll need this place. This place in your mind where you can think, dream, and be human again.
No, I am not crazy. I am an 11 year teacher sharing a visualization technique that has literally helped me recoup center and make it through some tough days.
I just came across another such place this morning and thought it might help some of you.
As a teacher, we anticipate storms and struggles - we don’t avoid them because we can’t. It is the high burnout, noble job we do. We must be smart about staying centered.
Teacher, you rock. I cherish you and your role in society dearly and love you as one of you. Thanks for taking to to read what I write. I am actually at this spot because enough of you have read my work over the years. It makes all the 4:45 am times worth it.
Now, to close my eyes. When I open them, I’ll likely be back at my desk, so I want this moment to last.
Said today by one of my students from this year, who I’m tutoring a bit before she begins college in August.
I guess I’m doing SOMETHING right here, you guys.(via desolatefield)
Another heroic teacher!
Diagnosed with autism at age 2, told he would never learn to read, now 14 years old and working on a Master’s degree in quantum physics.
If you’re looking for an inspiration today, look no further than Jacob Barnett.
I like his mom’s concept of “muchness”: Surrond children with what they love, be it art, science, sports or whatever, and they will develop more fully than molding them to a design would ever allow.
Some days this time of year I wonder if I’m going to make it. Six classes, homeroom, a full room of kids using computers during my “planning” period. Senior slide show. Graduation movie. Lunch/ break duty seemingly every other week. My technology plan for next year is due next Tuesday. Six classes and all these projects due. I’m also IT director. I try to do fun things at the end of the year but struggle to find patience and just the simple energy to be able to make it.
I go to the lunchroom just to get out of my room but think of all that I have to do. So many teachers are “winding down.” I’m not. I’m running faster and faster and faster - it happens every year. Then, graduation and I completely collapse. I can feel the Saturday morning after graduation - I almost can’t even speak. It is more than being over finals it is a feeling of being spent at an an important cause worth working for.
This is teacher appreciation week and that, for me, may be one of the hardest things about teaching. Sometimes it is nice for someone just to say “thank you.” Yesterday the PTO brought us Blizzards and smoothies as a small thank you - while my waistline didn’t appreciate it ;-) — I did.
I think that hardest thing for me is that so many are winding down and checking out… I can see it in their faces. My hardest work is now and then when they finish - kids beg to come to the computer lab and I have a ton to do and am given kids to supervise who are there to do nothing but pretend otherwise. ;-)
The challenges of the last days are many. But I believe it is vitally important to end well. I must plan lessons until the last day. I must engage as a teacher even when I don’t have it in me. I will love these kids until the last bell. I only have these beautiful 10th graders another 10 days and they have been a FANTASTIC class - I’m crazy about them. I can say the same of my 9th and 8th graders. As hard as this school year has been, the kids have been beyond my wildest dreams.
My biggest struggles are with my humanness - the fact that I need sleep, rest, and can’t humanly go 24/7 without stopping. I think if I were a superwoman, I’d be a perfect teacher.
But they don’t have superwoman - they have me — just plain old “Miss Vicki” and that has to be enough.
The last days of school are important. I think they are often a litmus test for teachers. Teachers who are there to bide their time start babysitting and goofing off. Teachers who have a burning desire in their soul to teach - find a way to teach and make it fun.
The difference between goofing off and teaching using fun activities is subtle but huge. Those who goof off with kids have fun as the intention and don’t take a break for anything else.Those who use fun to teach with kids have fun as the tool and often take breaks to interject purpose and meaning and have learning as the intention.
I so many great colleagues, but I know the best. The best teach till the last moment on the last day. It may be over my dead body but I’ll use all 10 of the rest of the days to teach these wonderful kids. I’m not here to just have class, I’m here to completely blow their minds. I want to transform them and these last days will be an exclamation point not some sort of ellipses that fades into nothingness b/c I didn’t find it in me to finish.
One of these days, I will no longer have the energy to do this job. The workload I have is tough and I go from 7 am or so until most days at 4:30 or 5 and am lucky to have a lunch minute. It is the hardest job I’ve ever had - and I’ve had some pretty important jobs in business with multi million dollar budgets. I’ve loved every job I’ve had (except pulling weeds in Dad’s peanut fields in 100 degree heat - THAT was the pits.)
As much as I’ve loved every job - this is the only job with so much purpose. I see it in the faces of these children. Their foreheads raised in surprise, their hands clicking frantically at something new they’ve learned. Their mouths jabbering as they excitedly learn something new. I’m giving my best to them these last days - all I have. To love them inspire them, encourage them to live excellently, and help them continue to become technologically fluent creators and thinkers.
I hope that if you’re in the end of your last days at school and you’re considering “checking out” that you won’t. There’s still work to be done. As long as you have a person in your room with a heartbeat, you have a job to teach and teach well.
Sorry teachers can go somewhere else - we need excellence. Excellence in every classroom every day - even in the last days — especially in the last days. You may have been testing all year but now you’re not, we tend to remember the first days and last days when we consider something - so make those memories fond.
These last days will be over before you know it and we’ll be in the first days again. Like dessert after a fantastic meal, savor every bite. Teaching is a gift and a joy. Even amidst the exhaustion, the sweet taste of success after a delicious meal of learning through out the year is one to savor.
Last Days. I’ll make them last. When the final bell rings in 2 weeks, I’ll sit down in my room, look at the empty chairs, and start thinking about and praying about next year. I’ll prepare for the teachers I’ll teach over the summer - keeping my mind on “my kids.” My students. My precious gifts. I’ll never take for granted the gift of students and the gift of being allowed the privilege of teaching them and hope to be allowed the blessings of doing it until I’m in my own last days of life.
And that, my friends… is how I feel about this divine calling of teaching. As hard as it is, as thankless, as exhausting… it is truly a profession whose legacy will LAST.
LAST DAYS - yep - every single one of these days this year will last in some child’s mind. They may not have my name affixed to that thought or memory, but I know that I have loved them and given all I have… and that, my friends, will last. Inspiration, education, and dedication have a lasting impact that you cannot know or understand.
I hope you last, my friends. Make it. Be strong. Teach well… because these days are short and there’s a lot to do.
Make your last memories of your last days be ones you can be proud of. Teach well, my noble friends, you’re my heroes.
Team Hoyt - Dick and Rick Hoyt (by Pedro Vicente)
Yesterday, I was curious about 2 people that I knew that I knew were running the Boston Marathon +Scott Rigsby and Team Hoyt. If you haven’t heard of Dick and Rick Hoyt, you should see this inspiring video. For those of you who don’t understand or get running, it is so freeing. I love to run and pray for my knee to do well so I can start running more. I love running. and there are many people who struggle to run. That is what gets me about the bombing besides the horror of it - the strugglers and stragglers were the ones targeted. 3/4 had already gone through. It is truly a tragedy in so many ways. I hope you’ll take today and watch Dick and Rick Hoyt and see the inspiration of a father who loves his son but also the inspiration of a man who doesn’t let his limitation keep him down. Despite the fact he has cerebal palsy - Rick Hoyt graduated from High school and from Boston College and is able to speak with the assistance of a computer.