The Good Bucket

Today, I am yet again sitting in a coffee shop thinking about my week that flew by.

Somethings that made Friday go in the good bucket!!

Hugs– Several times, starting early in the morning, my students blessed me with hugs. If you know me personally, you know how much I like to hug people. The hardest things sometimes about being a teacher is that I can’t really hug my students, even when they need it the most.

Encouragement– Maybe it was the conference that I attended on Thursday, or maybe because I graded papers and watch Freedom Writers, but I was encouraged when I stepped into the school building. I was ready to teach and to challenge and to inspire my munchkins.

New Ideas– I had some new ideas that I applied on Friday and they worked!! The students did what I wanted them to do.

Positive Note– The sub left me a really positive note from the day before. I was really worried how they would do with a sub.

Share– Sometimes I have them write in journals and I love to read them. Sometimes I even answer the question too. And on Friday I got to answer the question about telling someone goodbye, sharing with them experience in my life. I love to give them peeks into my life. Sometimes the best wisdom you can share with youngsters is from your own lessons learned.

Even though sometimes I feel that all the veteran teachers around me are just plugging away, tired of their jobs and frustrated with administrators.
I know that all the little things shouldn’t matter, because I am here to help those 7th graders succeed and become more than they are today.
I am here because they need someone to care about where they are and where they are going.
I am here because middle school teaching is a hard job, but I know I can do it.
I am here because God chose me. That’s right he chose me for this district, this school, this position, and these students!

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