Teaching is a work of heart.
To everyone starting school tomorrow (and those that have already started)

You are awesome.
You can do it.
You have the best job in the world.
You are all my heroes.


“I survived because the fire inside me burned brighter than the fire around me.”
—Joshua Graham (via adderalldust)
Meeting my boyfriend’s mom was a success!


“I’ve written about this before, and it comes down to one line: Confusion is the sweat of learning. If a student doesn’t get confused at some point in a class then either the student already knew the material in class, or the student didn’t learn anything in class. It’s just like going to a gym to work out. If you didn’t sweat and you didn’t get sore afterwards, you probably didn’t do anything.”
Two Common Misconceptions About Learning | WIRED (via teachnologies)
Routine is safe and comfortable, but routine is draining and lethal.

math-girl:

Reblog with your own tips.

  1. Plan what you are going to eat during the week. On Sundays, I go grocery shopping and buy ingredients for a large salad and two other healthy meals. When I get home, I make the large salad and put it into five containers. Healthy lunches for the week are done. They’re…

Time

I feel like every time a new month starts, I find myself saying…”It’s _____ already?!” 

Time truly does go by fast.

It is going to be 6 months that I have been with my boyfriend.  Sometimes it feels like longer because we are so comfortable with one another and sometimes I cannot believe how quickly the months flew by and it feels like I just met him.

A full year has passed since I accomplished my childhood dream of becoming a teacher. WHAT?! When did that happen? Sometimes I pat myself on the back because I came so far before I even turned 23.

In 6 months, I will be 25.

A quarter of a century old.

I am happy with where my life is right now.

I cannot wait to see what the future holds.


“When you first started teaching, did you ever feel like the biggest failure ever? Like you weren't doing anything right and that you weren't the person your students needed? How did you overcome those feelings?”

—Anonymous

itsssnix:

Yes. Yes. A thousand times and a thousand days yes. I still [in year 5] feel like this sometimes. You are not alone in these feelings, friend! So here’s what I would say to you if we were getting coffee today:

You are [and will continue to be] insufficient to love and serve and teach your students perfectly. There are too many of them with too many different needs, and you are one person. So first off, let yourself off the hook to be all things for all students. You will not be a perfect teacher, you will not reach every student, you will not be a 20-year-veteran after 2 months in the classroom. Give yourself grace to be human, to be imperfect, to not always have a stellar lesson.

But then with that behind you, what do you do when you feel like your standards aren’t to high, when you just want to be adequate and feel like you aren’t even doing that? What do you do when you feel like you are failing them and will win the award for Worst Teacher Ever?

You cry. You share with someone that you feel like a failure. You take a deep breath. You go to sleep at a reasonable time before your guilt-ridden mind can eat you alive.

And the next morning you wake up and try this whole teaching thing again.

Seriously, that’s it. That’s the answer, you keep trying. You keep looking for ideas on how to make the class engaging for the kids who keep falling asleep. You read articles and blog posts that give classroom management tips. You ask your co-worker what to do about that awful student who is disruptive. You write lesson plans, grade, and teach.

You rejoice in the little victories [and write them down]. You go to basketball games and band concerts and invest in relationships with the kids. You love well, and that love will cover a multitude of sins.

And slowly but surely, you’ll get better. Although you feel like a failure as a teacher right now, you sent this message to me. I promise, promise, promise that means you’re a far better teacher than you realize. The only truly bad teacher is one who doesn’t care to grow. You’re scared of failing your kids. That’s proof that you aren’t. So chin up. You’ve got this.


“When she is happy, she can’t stop talking, when she is sad she doesn’t say a word.”
— Ann Brashares (via psych-facts)

I want to travel.

I want to do things.


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