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May 14, 2017

A Mother’s Day Tribute: 5 Ways Teachers are INSPIRING

It’s Mother’s Day and many of us will be spending the day showing gratitude for the “mother” in our life. But I want to celebrate each of YOU! Why? Because of you my life has changed, blossomed, improved-yes, you’ve inspired me to do more, be more and expect more out of myself. Thank you!
I love the little book “Are You My Mother?”, by P.D. Eastman. But I’m not saying you’re my “mother” when I say I want to celebrate you. I am saying that your attention, patience and positive encouragement has propelled me into a place where I’ve always wanted to be. A place where I can create things that will actually help people. And it’s brought me such great joy, I want to thank you!

Traditionally Mother’s Day has been a day to recognize the women in our lives that have shaped us. I think that all the “women” teachers out there are shaping the lives of each child in their care. And most of them are not getting the recognition or the thanks for the job they are doing. It’s sad to me, -but very true. There is a National Teacher’s Appreciation Day-and many teachers receive great praise for their mentoring, guidance and inspiration. I don’t mean to undervalue those efforts. I’m just trying to recognize the fact that many of you may not get enough praise and validation for all the things you do every day in your classroom. I want to honor each of you!  You deserve it! Here’s my list of 5 things YOU do to inspire me.  


I don’t believe there’s another “paid” workforce who is more dedicated. Long hours, short pay and no upward pay scale movement, yet hardworking and committed people who desire nothing more than to help children learn. I marvel at the music teachers I know who spend days and days creating props for their music programs. The teacher friends who go in on Saturday because they just “need” to get some things ready for Monday, and the ones who run extracurricular clubs to benefit their students. I know these kinds of things go on everywhere.


 After the teaching job, teachers attend professional development classes, meetings, and spend their summers in trainings so that they can improve their game. I’ve done this myself, and I’m always so inspired by the teacher friends who continue to attend workshops and learn new techniques, methods and procedures to improve their teaching skills and make their school year go better.


Teachers make the most beautiful bulletin boards, classroom décor, and homework assignments out of paper and ink. They put on music programs, plays, sports events, speech competitions-taking on the management and making of, awards, props, flyers, seating and advertising for their student’s events. I just walk through the hallways-and I’m inspired!


As a fellow teacher, I personally have never met such KIND people.  Every school community is full of genuine and caring-teachers who support each other during tough personal times and celebrate the good ones. Every day I enter my school building and I’m greeted with “good morning”, “how are you” and a smile. We sign cards, contribute funds to help out, cook meals, donate old things, buy new things-to cheer each other on and show that we care. Teachers are kind to their students. They hug a child who’s hurt, smile at students though tired, listen to their sad tales even though exhausted, cheer their students up when they might be feeling empty, and persist in believing that their kids can learn, when the odds are against them.


“Savvy” means “shrewdness and practical knowledge; the ability to make good judgments”. What teacher doesn’t know something of child psychology, their subject knowledge, Yoga, Dancing, Finance (filling out and executing P.O’s and keeping track of tax donation dollars), mediation, law, leadership and teaching. Multi-talented and experts at many things that go unnoticed by their students.


You are inspiring students all across the world to think out of the box, rise to the occasion and grow. You are inspiring your students with a quiet calm of determination and a caring and positive attitude. You are inspiring the next generation to make the world a better place.
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Need some inspiration?

Here’s three things that might help.
1-Be sure to spend time alone to reflect and rejuvenate-I call it, getting back to my center. I personally practice Yoga and I’m pretty protective about my time outside of work. Here's a short post I wrote on my 3 Favorite Yoga Poses.

2-Find something to inspire you that’s tangible-like a picture of the beach. Use it in your classroom to help you remember what you believe.

3-  Enjoy the happy and positive moments with your students. I find that celebrating the “positive” pushes the “negative” out of the picture and helps me keep going.

Here’s my gift to you- thanks for inspiring me. I hope to hear some stories from you about moments you might have been down and a fellow teacher inspired you to keep trying.
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