Saturday, June 15, 2013

Lessons Learned

Apparently I am getting to my little blog once a month...I have a feeling that I will be able to keep up with it better now that all of my stress is gone for the year. ;)  Right teachers?!  All I've been doing is sitting in the sun eating bon bons since my year ended.  Ummmmm, no.  While I have been in the sun a little, long enough to get a terrible uneven burn on my legs and one, yes one, arm, I have also been Pinterest'ing and "shopping" up a storm.  I am eager to start another year after this summer of projects and professional development workshops. 

This year I have learned so much, mostly about myself.  I could probably write a self help book.  I have been coaching myself and encouraging myself after some pretty heavy blows.  As curious as you all must be, I cannot disclose all that much simply because I want to remain in my family, workplace, church, and circle of friends.  So, with that said, I will tell you what I have learned (which is probably what every person learns, but we don't have Oprah to tell us these precious little nuggets  anymore so we must figure them out for ourselves-thanks Oprah, ugh!)  Here goes:
  • If you enjoy doing something and it isn't hurting others, then do it.  Especially if it is what God has gifted you to do.
  • When others are pointing out your flaws then they are intimidated by your success
  • Humble yourself at every opportunity and take credit for nothing, instead give it back to Pinterest, which is clearly where ALL ideas come from
  • SMILE every day as often as possible
  • Make learning fun.  Honestly, this is first grade in America-do a craft in every unit because these are 6 year olds and they need to be able to be 6!
  • Laugh with your students
  • Let your students see you upset, life is hard and if they see you process through and still come out smiling later in the day/week/year then that is healthy
  • Enjoy being you, God loves you so why can't you love you?!  Get a grip.
  • Sing because it is fun
  • Dance and be silly
  • Get organized at home and at school
  • Let the parents of your students help, they want to and you need as much help as you can get
  • Spend time with the Father and pray for your students & co-workers
  • It's OK to overdo things as long as you don't go crazy, and if you do then there are pills to help you out
  • Get a pedicure
  • Exercise then go order Dairy Queen, you deserve it.
  • Listen to your music loudly in your classroom: hip hop, worship, Adele, Bruno Mars, Jesus Culture, and the Civil Wars to name a few
  • DRINK Coffee a lot
I ended this year with a lot of emotions.  I decided to fill my life with positive influences and let go of the drama.  I learned to put up boundaries and not be so transparent.  This summer while I am looking for new ideas and "creating" some fun lessons with our new reading curriculum, I will be also working on ME so that I can be the best teacher for my precious little Firsties to be.  :o)

(Some AWESOME teachers with me in the middle wearing the ear wrap)


  1. Love your tips... all of them! Thank you for sharing. Definitely be funny...and enjoy it. They are SIX, and you are in that classroom to teach TO them, not at them. Thanks again :)

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