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rough class - beautiful behavior
by: missenglish, 12-19-2010

I transferred to a new school this semester and I was given one Remedial English class (9th grade-they must pass this in order to take English I). On day 1, I felt like I was in a movie - hello Dangerous Minds. Very rough, low level kids,(2nd grade reading level) some of which live in the Juvenile Justice Facility. The behavior was insane on Day 1, but I set rules and procedures from the beginning and now they are my best behaved class. (and my other classes are average: English I)

I can't believe how good/quiet they are - they come in and get busy - and something as simple as this is a blessing. :-)

This proves that procedures work. Even when you get frustrated and feel like a class is unmanageable, remember there's always a way to get it done..


Thoughtful student
by: pinkshopper, 08-31-2010

My dad suffers many complications from his Type 1 diabetes...he's in the hospital more than he's home. Last May he was doing really bad and I asked my principal to pray for him (I work at a Catholic School) so she mentioned his name on the intercom (with all others we pray for)and asked all students to pray for him. My students asked me if I was related to him (Im not married so we still have the same last name) and I said yes it was my father but I didnt want to go into detail with my 4th graders on his illness so I left it at that. The next day I had a get well soon card on my desk for my dad from one of my students....the fact that this little girl kept my dad in her thoughts after school warmed my heart to no end!


We have a great job!
by: sunshine704, 01-03-2011

This is my new favorite part of Proteacher. The vent board made me feel tired and frustrated, but now I feel encouraged and lucky to be doing the job that I have loved for almost 20 years. This time of year is the best and all I want to do is make a difference. What a great opportunity we are given!


Bang for my buck
by: MommaG, 08-11-2010

I went to a business known for reselling items and knowing that it was a half price Saturday knew I could get more bang for my buck. When I was ready to check out I asked "What deal will I get since these all go to my school?" I was floored when I walked out with four bags all for one dollar. Not kidding! I had noticed a brand new set of hard back books like my class had purchased a few years back for about one hundred dollars and had donated them to our library. When I asked how much, it was another one dollar. I feel so good. Sometimes you just need to ask. It never hurt and it really helped me then and will continue to help my class.


Blessed with donation
by: dsaga, 08-18-2010

I am so overwhelmed by what happened this morning, I wanted to share it. Hope you don't mind. This morning, I went garage sale-ing and decided to go to a town I don't usually go to. We hit a sale and the women there suggested we go to the nearby church which was having their annual flea market. When I walked in, right in front of me were the most perfect school desks for $5 each! I couldn't get in touch with my principal, and while I was debating what to do, an old friend and former parent at our school walked in. He happens to be very good friends with our new principal and called him for me. I got the okay to buy them (I was willing to front the money, but the principal said they could cover it). So then I was going to pay for them, but my friend insisted on paying for them as a donation and he arranged for a trailer to get them and deliver them to my school! I am so blessed and inspired by the goodness of people! It's a good day.


sometimes caring is all it takes
by: missenglish, 12-19-2010

This is long, but good!

I thought this was something I should share. Before I started student teaching,(9th Eng) I had to observe my partner teacher and in one of her classes, one of the students, (let's call him John), slept daily. When she'd wake him, he'd go back to sleep or they'd have words. He never participated - he never stayed awake. My partner teacher even warned me about him when I took over teaching that class and told me she feels threatened by him so I should be careful.

Well this worried me and I wondered if someone with 20 yrs experience is at a loss to reach him, how can I with NO teaching experience? So, one the first day that I taught his class, he slept (of course) I woke him (he went back to sleep). So, I kept him after class and said "John, I noticed you are sleeping in class. Are you not getting much sleep at home? What's going on?" He told me he had family problems and things on his mind prevent him from sleeping. So I told him that even though things are sometimes hard at home it doesn't mean he needs to shut down at school. I told him that it was important for him to pass the class to earn grad credit and if he'd only stay awake, he'd do fine and i'd be there if he needed help. He said "okay." I didn't think anything would change, but I was wrong...

The next day and throughout that week he stayed awake in class, which is a big step. Shortly after he began to participate in class. When he did, I always praised him, even if he gave wrong answers. I also told him how happy I was that he was making progress and making an effort. His grade went up from an F to a C. At the end of the semester, I found out that John had a poor home life with little family support. He was depressed and suicidal and tried to kill him self at one time. Right then and there I knew teaching was the profession for me, we DO touch lives even if we don't know it. All John needed was someone to care about him and not label him - that's all he needed for success. No one knew this information about John. I'm sure some teachers may have treated him differently if they knew, but you shouldn't have to know something like that in order to care about a child..


what is important?
by: me41, 08-18-2010

What is the most important thing you have taught this year?

I had a student who came to me without having been in school for 7 years. He knew nothing. Not even what his name looked like in print. Very sad.

The most important thing I taught him? The meaning of a hug. He did not know the word. Had to show him. Often. Can you imagine being 7 and not knowing what a hug was?

He will struggle his whole life. I know that I only made a small difference. His troubles are huge. But he knows how to hug.


Bragging about test scores
by: TeachChicago, 08-02-2010

I checked my test scores today, and my students did AWESOME!!! I had five students who were red in the beginning of the year, and three moved out of red. One of the two who stayed red scored 49% (students need to score 50 or above to be out of red), and the other student moved from a 20% to a 38%. A lot of my students also moved from yellow to green. I feel good and proud of myself that all my hard work has finally paid off.


Inspirations of 2009-2010!
by: Carolyn, 06-01-2010

Teaching can be challenging, but there are so many good things to celebrate about the school year we've finished or are about to finish. I'll start with my favorite moments in class.

1. My students' eyes shining like lightbulbs when they realized that their words could become a Powerpoint presentation. That they could add sounds to it. That they could add pictures. And these were children in first grade! When they presented their powerpoints to the fifth grade class, they stunned the older children with their skills.

2. Helping my non-English speaking children converse with me and with others in English. That they learned to read is so wonderfully incredible to me!

3. Having my second graders run up to me when I enter their classroom and surround me like a bunch of puppies. Asking: Will you work with me on my writing on the computer today? Can I read my story to you? Wait 'til you see my story!

And so now, as 2009-2010 wanes, I will remember precious moments in time when I inspired childen to reach beyond even my own expectations.


Expressing appreciation and love
by: fromkto3, 07-22-2010

This made me cry and just had to share today...
I have a little girl in my class who is a twin. This is the second time that I've had her (once in K and now in 3rd...she is such a great kid I requested her the second time around). The mother had her and her twin brother at a very young age and is not in the picture. They were being raised by the maternal grandparents, with a lot of support from an aunt and uncle. Unfortunately, the grandmother passed away last year and both kids took it very hard. I was torn about doing something with my class for mother's day this year because of this situation but decided to have the kids write a letter and make a magnet with their picture in the middle. I told this little girl she could write the letter and make the magnet for anyone she wanted to show her appreciation for. She chose her grandfather. Her letter read:

"Dear Grandpa,
I just want you to know how much I appreciate all you do for me and (brother). I know it's mother's day, and you're not my mother, but you are like a mother to me. I love you so much!"

It gave me shivers and brought tears to my eyes when I read it on Friday, and again right now as I write this. I just had to share!


Useful Youtube Video on Classroom Management
by: Doug46, 01-27-2011

Hi All,

I found this simple video to have some really good tips.


Inspirational Video
by: canteach, 05-20-2010


Teachers Helping Teachers!!!!
by: bonnybelle, 04-07-2010

Here's a shout out to JayDee for sending me an article to see me through a rough sort I was having with a particular student!

As to answer the question,"What do I want PT to be? would be this....

!!!!!!Teachers Helping Teachers!!!!!!


Sick today but...
by: fleetwoodfan, 04-04-2010

I expected my morning class to give a rat's #$$ about the fact that I didn't feel great today. Surprisingly, one of my 8th graders, inncently asked, "Why didn't you stay home today?" His tone was sincere and he meant it. All of the students were super-focused and gave me a little easier morning because it. Maybe 8th graders do have empathy somewhere in there underdeveloped prefrontal cortexes !


Email from a former student
by: acorn, 07-01-2010

Today I received an email from a student I had years ago. The title of the email was are you Mrs. _______ who taught at ___________School?

The note went on to say that she loved how I made her feel in school. She said she became a teacher because of me. I have only taught 1st grade. She is now teaching K in the same town I taught in years ago. Wow! I did not realize the affect I had a child. I have been to a few student weddings and have received graduation abd X-mas cards. I am friends with a few former students on FB. This email was a first. It made my Friday.

I do remember this student clearly.

I taught in a military town and at a school that catered to military children and a few local children. The community was very transient. I taught 10 years then stayed at home 10 years to be with my children. I returned to teaching 4 years ago. My DH job relocated us to an extremely rural area.


Nice to Know it Works
by: MissESL, 02-18-2010

So glad! At the jr. high today, there were IEP meetings going on in my adjoining room, so there were people in and out all afternoon...
My study halls have a minimum mouths rule--no talking unless it's to ask me a question or for a pass. I also play classical music, so it's not dead silent, and the kids really like that.
There were two people who came through right before the bell than commented on how wonderful my kids were behaving. They said they were impressed since the early classes had been out of control, and a few of the study halls had nothing but rowdiness. They said my class was working the whole time. My kids glowed like candles at this and so did I... :-)


great day
by: TeacherBB, 04-04-2010

I had a terrific, fun Saturday (yes Saturday) with my students. We saw Percy Jackson at the theatre together..It was great to just be with them and share our opinions of the movie (we didn't love it!) We had a great chat about the differences from the book. I had a chance to talk with their parents too and they told me some really heartwarming things! One boy presented me with a rose! Another parent offered to buy my son and I popcorn and drinks. He said it was the least he could do for the woman who makes his daughter so happy every day. I was tickled pink today.


math teacher
by: roo, 05-30-2010

One of our kids with special needs said something to me today that just warmed my heart. (Keep in mind this boy was in the office almost every day last year and has some major academic and emotional issues.) For some reason, he loves math class and will work hard for me even when things aren't going well in other classes. Today he stopped class and said, "You know what? I'm going to be a math teacher when I grow up. I want to teach like you." Maybe you have to know him, but I definitely got choked up!


A Teacher's Prayer
by: Dilia, 08-28-2010

I would like to share a prayer a friend emailed me:

Help me never to forget
the beauty in a little child.
The wonder, trust and yearning
in their bright, twinkling eyes.
Help me to remember that I am shaping
the lives of tomorrow's generation.
Please give me strenth to be the best model
and the best example that I can possible be.
Give me love to overcome adversity
and patients to overcome trials.
Give me wisdom to overcome my
and faith to overcome dark hours.
And as I find my rest tonight, help me to
love my pupils
and to remember them in my prayers.
Give me strenth to be equal to tomorrow's task,
for I depend on your strenth
just as my pupils depend on me.


So proud of my student!
by: ljones11, 02-13-2010

**I never cross-post, but I originally posted this in the lounge and someone suggested it be here as well!

Today one of my ELL students handed me a folded piece of paper with a stack of one dollar bills inside of it. Thinking it was a book order, I hurried him back to his seat and rushed off to take attendance without looking at it. A little while later, I unfolded the paper and was shocked to see that he had written a letter to the residents of Haiti. I called him back and asked him about it. Apparently, he watched the news all weekend, and after seeing all the broadcasts about this tragedy, wanted to help by sending some of his own money. His mom added to his contribution, (which wasn't much--$10) but cannot speak English and didn't know where to send it, so my student asked if I could mail it to a person in Haiti (I am planning to send it to the Red Cross, unless anyone has a better idea!) I was so touched by his letter, and wanted to share it with my friends here. Granted, it's not perfect, but for this particular student it is a masterpiece!

Here it is, without editing, because I think it makes it all the more sweeter:

It was so sad what happen in Haiti. When my mom turned the tv she saw so many died people and to much distruction in all Haiti. The people eyes of all the people were crying so was my mom and me. My mom told us about that. Nobody nows why is that happening in natur. In that case everybody should help. Because everybody is brothers. I don't have much but I want to help. I hope the shcool will be fixed for help the people from Haiti. Denations a can of food or cloths that we don't use. Remember that one day we will need help too. Today they don't have houses or food. They need help. They scream for help. Today them, tomorrow us.
your friend,


Don't Miss Math Man's thread
by: bonnybelle, 01-03-2010

This is a must read!


by: rachelmpd, 01-01-2010

I am teaching a first and second grade class this year and realize that each grade has certain field trips they take and the other grade will not go. I have only done 3rd grade in the past and have always been big on field trips. So in Sept. my second graders took a field trip to the Library-without me so I could stay with the first graders. I had a very hard time letting them go with the other second grade teacher. Anyways, I gave a camera to one of the students and told her to take lots of pictures. I finally got around to putting the pictures on the computer and got a kick out the pictures she took-the street, the bike route sign, etc.. It was a good laugh!


Inspirational Powerpoint
by: AnonOne, 07-30-2010

Hi! Can anyone point me in the direction of one? Not teacher-related; just a beautiful slide show of nature scenes with quotes. THANKS!


Happy New Year
by: Mizzou fan, 12-31-2009

I am surprised this board isn't used more often, but I do want to share,

this is the 13th anniversary of my divorce being final. It is amazing how far spiritually and emotionally stronger I have become. 13 years ago I didn' think I could make it myself and then get my kids raised. And now I can sit in the same room with him, the anger and bitterness is gone.

I met a man on a blind date a few years ago and he recently asked me to marry him.
I am amazed by having this second chance.

God is good!!!


Why We Do What We Do
by: tangerine, 12-20-2009

It's important to me to let my kids know that even after they leave my room, they are important to me. I get a lot of return visitors for hugs in the morning and/or after school - that's such a nice feeling and I feel like I'm letting them know that they matter to me and how they do matters to me whether they've moved on to second grade or are heading to 4th grade or whatever. I am acutely aware because of my own childhood how many kids get their stability from school and the fact that it might be the only hug that kid gets that day.

I was tickled Friday on our last day of school when two former students came by with little Christmas presents for me from their family. How sweet is that! It doesn't matter what it was - just that they thought to give me something was very thoughtful and nice.

But the best part of the whole day was a little handmade card I found outside my room door in the middle of the day - left there by a student I had three years ago who had a host of mental health issues and a difficult home life. He had written on it "Merry Christmas Mrs. ***** Love, ****" and had drawn a little gingerbread house with a stick figure of him waving at me. It was adorable!

I am underpaid and overworked and stressed beyond belief.

But I love my job.



Keeping Laughter in Our Lives
by: MissESL, 12-16-2009

*Jeff Foxworthy on School Employees*
YOU might be a school employee if you believe the playground should be
equipped with a Ritalin salt lick.

YOU might be a school employee if you want to slap the next person who
says, "Must be nice to work 8 to 3:30 and have summers off."

YOU might be a school employee if it is difficult to name your own child
because there's no name you can come up with that doesn't bring high
blood pressure as it is uttered.

YOU might be a school employee if you can tell it's a full moon or if it
going to rain, snow, hail....anything without ever looking outside.

YOU might be a school employee if you believe, 'shallow gene pool'
should have its own box on a report card.

YOU might be a school employee if you believe that unspeakable evils
will befall you if anyone says, "Boy, the kids sure are mellow today."

YOU might be a school employee if when out in public, you feel the urge
to snap your fingers at children you do not know and correct their behavior.

YOU might be a school employee if you have no social life between August
and June.

YOU might be a school employee if you think people should have a
government permit before being allowed to reproduce.

YOU might be a school employee if you wonder how some parents MANAGED to

YOU might be a school employee if you laugh uncontrollably when people
refer to the staff room as the 'lounge.'

YOU might be a school employee if you encourage an obnoxious parent to
check into charter schools or home schooling and are willing to donate
the U-HAUL boxes should they decided to move out of district.

YOU might be a school employee if you think caffeine should be available
in intravenous form.

YOU might be a school employee if you can't imagine how the ACLU could
think that covering your students chair with Velcro and then requiring
uniforms made out of the corresponding Velcro could ever be
misunderstood by the public.

YOU might be a school employee if meeting a child's parent instantly
answers this question, "Why is this kid like this?"

YOU might be a school employee if you would choose a mammogram over a
parent conference.

YOU might be a school employee if you think someone should invent
antibacterial pencils and crayons...and desks and chairs for that matter!

YOU might be a school employee if the words "I have college debt for
this?" has ever come out of your mouth.

YOU might be a school employee if you know how many days, minutes, and
seconds are left in the school year!


by: lovethekids, 12-15-2009

I just discovered this board a few days ago. I've been very ... frustrated with my kids for several weeks now (they can't get along with each other, they're extremely chatty, etc.), so I had them do the activity today where they had to write one kind thing about each of their classmates (or something they're grateful for, etc). I know that some of them did not take the time they should have, when I read through them, I could tell that most of them really thought about it... Some of them described their classmates as:

outgoing, gentle, really nice to me, cheerful, amazing, helpful, great writer, motivated, creative, unique, respectful, enthusiastic, brave,

just to name a few. And several of those surprised me. This definitely brought a smile to my face and heart. It made me appreciate my kids more again. If you're needing a pick-me-up, I would definitely suggest this


Made may weekend
by: busybee4, 11-21-2009

While walking my class to PE 30 minutes before dismissal on a Friday afternoon, one of my first graders said, "I can not wait for Monday!" I asked this beaming child why wondering what exciting thing was happening after school on Monday. He responded with eyes wide and even wider smile, "Because Monday is a school day!"


Can't believe my kids
by: reddlox, 11-20-2009

I just have to say that I have the most darling group of kids this year. I was on duty today and had a gaggle of my students trailing around with me on the playground. When the bell rang they asked if there was anything they needed to do when they got inside while they waited for me. I said they should just be at their desks.

When I got inside, all my kids were at their desks with their agendas open, ready to write their agenda note. (I very briefely mentioned before they went out that we'd do our note after recess before art). I hadn't even asked them to do this and they remembered, and did it completely independently. What a bunch.


3 great things--1 day!
by: kerrysgirl, 11-20-2009

First, I got a note from a student who said I was "like a lioness who always protects her cubs." Then, my third period (who had a free day because of all their awesome work) decided to help me during their free time...Posters were changed, papers stapled, colored pencils organized, laminating cut out, etc. Finally, after play practice tonight, our very sweet custodian insisted on walking me out because he "worried about his young teachers" when they left after dark. I really had a great day, despite waking up with tummy troubles this morning! Just had to share. Hope your day is going well!


To enhance your life heeeheee
by: bonnybelle, 11-08-2009


Just discovered this board!
by: crazyeights, 11-14-2009

Where have I been? I could have used this last year when I was going through a very trying time at my school. But I am inspired just reading some of these posts. Thank you!


Made my day
by: Mamahen, 10-31-2009

One of my students left a note on my desk that said: "The thing I like about Mrs. ___ is that she believes in second chances."

Since she is an above average student who never really needs a second chance, I'm thinking she must see that at work in my classroom. It's not anything I talk about but just try to let my kids know everyday to not give up and to keep trying. That really made my day.


Oh Happy Day
by: ccsteacher001, 10-27-2009

So, I teach at a school with children who are faced with challenges I am blessed to have escaped thus far in my lifetime.

That said, standardized test scores have been problematic for years. They go up and back down like a horrible rollercoaster ride.

Our local board of ed. made a commitment to this school just over 2 years ago. Slowly but surely we are changing the culture within the school building itself. Children are proud of their accomplishments and are really working hard to "be somebody"!

For the past 2 years we have seen steady and significant growth on state standardized testing. This has been further matched by growth on the quarterly benchmarks as we measure progress along the way.

For me, it is still a struggle. It is my 3rd year in the science lab, where I have worked with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. Science is only tested in 5th grade, therefore they get the bulk of my time.
The first year was very trying. The second year was an improvement. Benchmark gains were noticeable with about 13 pt. gain over the previous year. I was optimistic based on that and saw a 20 pt. gain on the state test!

Keep in mind that growth cannot be compared realistically because it isn't the same exact students testing each consecutive year.

Today was the first benchmark test of the school year. My gut said that these students are the best prepared thus far. Well, the test results proved it! They performed approximately 24 pts. higher than the students who took the test last year.
If my calculations are right, we may have even outperformed some of the top schools in our district! All but 1 student had a score that was at least 10 pts. higher than the average score at this time last year.

I am thrilled for them to say the very least and overjoyed to know that all my efforts are paying off in a BIG WAY!


What can I say?
by: reddlox, 10-30-2009

I was blessed to have 5 parent volunteers in my classroom in the last 2 weeks. While I enjoy getting to know my students' parents, I sometimes feel a bit anxious at having them in my room. I am still a fairly new teacher, (this is my 2nd year), and worry about the impression I give to parents. Last year I had great responses from parents, and didn't have any problems. In fact I received a LOT of praise from parents last year. I figured that I'd just gotten lucky for my first year and the hard times would come. Well, my volunteers have been so encouraging this year again! I was told today by a parent how much she loves being in my classroom. She mentioned that other years she's always left the class with a headache and in my class she feels so relaxed and calm. What a compliment! She also commended me for how comfortable her son feels in class and how much he is learning. WOW! How did I deserve this? I wish everyone could be so lucky.


Student told me this joke today
by: Davies1030, 06-19-2010

What is the difference between the swine flu and the bird flu?

For the swine flu, you have to have "oink"ment, and for the bird flu, you have to have "tweet"ment.

I laughed for a good ten minutes!


We have great kids!
by: MimiK, 10-21-2009

I just needed to share this because I know a lot of us get dragged down with the kids that have behavior issues.

I teach 9th grade. This is the first year that I have been assigned to teach the entire 9th grade class. To be honest, I was a little worried about it. At times 9th graders can be so immature.

Well, they have been wonderful so far. I decided to nominate one of my 9th grade students for Student of the Month. She was chosen for the 9th grade class. (We do one person per grade at my school.)

The day before MEA break she came up to me and handed me an envelope. I was a little surprised when I opened it to find a thank you card. She was thanking me for nominating her.

I almost hit the floor! I was expecting the freshmen class to be the most immature, and here was one going out of her way to make my day!

---All of us need to remember: WE ALL HAVE GREAT KIDS!


Once in a Lifetime Memories of School
by: OK4NOW, 10-15-2009

Not being specific just general, when I look back on my career I will remember:
smiles, laughs, tears, playing, read alouds, programs, making things, holidays, field trips, enjoyed reading children's work (especially writing), friendships, & field day. Don't know how much I will remember much about the subjects I taught? Wonder if it is the same way for the kids? What are those wonderful once in a lifetime memories of school you feel blessed to have being a classroom teacher?


Why I am a Teacher
by: ECEteacher11, 10-15-2009

My materials for teaching Math teacher is phenomenal. She is the most caring and considerate teacher I think that I have ever had through out my college career. I think that she is one of the reasons that I am still a teacher. I have had so many times that I have thought to myself...."Why do I want to be a teacher again?" But she reminds me of how much fun I can have. And even though I still question my career, I remember why I wanted to be a teacher in the First place.


Homecoming Queen
by: JME, 12-16-2009

High School Rallies Behind Homecoming Queen:

There's a link on the news article to the news video.


Have a peek at what failure brings
by: bonnybelle, 10-10-2009
Here's to the human spirit.


A Poem
by: Mizzou fan, 10-11-2009

I read an earlier PP and thought of this poem my friend wrote one year about a class...well you'll recognize the situation once you read this. I keep it posted on my closet door, and it really is about ten years old.
Big Mouths,
Saying nothing,
Always talking.

And then suddenly,
"What's she so crabby about?"

Actually as I pulled it off the closet door to type up, I see it is from 1988. Guess time flies when you are having fun!


Three "miracles"
by: gardener5, 09-20-2009

I was reading through some of the posts on this boards- they're wonderful. I'll be reading here more often.

I wanted to share some good news. My three "miracles" today were:

1. A student who didn't speak at all the first several days, came up to me without any prompting and spoke an entire sentence today. I actually think it was his first complete sentence. He's slowly opening up.
2. An autistic student who HATES writing, wrote two sentences quickly and without much fuss. This was an enormous leap for him. The parapro and I were incredulous.
3. Every child turned in homework on time this week!

Pretty great!!


thought I'd share this
by: calumetteach, 09-16-2009

This has probably been posted before, but I thought I'd share it. It's a 5th grader from the Dallas school district. It says he did do a lot of practicing for this, but still I think he's amazing.

It touched my heart and inspired me...sometimes I wonder if I'm reacing some of those kids or doing and good, sometimes I have problems sharing and working with others...some of this spoke to me!


Found on my desk after school today
by: sbc723, 09-10-2009

Dr. Miss C,
I hope you are very nice and fun for all of third grade. So far your turning out good.

What a great way to end my first day back...I may have to frame this one


I'd like to thank a teacher
by: ichigo, 09-05-2009

The textbooks at my school are old and worn out. A school in a suburban district decided to change their social studies and math series, even though they had brand new books. The school debated about what to do with the books. One teacher, who had just finished her first year, asked for permission to gather all the books and materials and find a place that needed them. This teacher took all the books home, neatly organized them, labeled them by grade, and delivered them to my school. I have no idea who this teacher is-we never met her before. I can't wait until the kids start so we can practice our thank-you note writing (the office has her contact info)!

That's my inspiration for the week.


Thoughts for the new year
by: ootbe, 09-07-2009


The curtain is about to rise,
On a brand new show.

There were methods to study,
And techniques to learn,
There is a science to what we do.
We work for the government and
they want to quantify
and standardize everything too,

but teaching is an art.

We design the set and write the script.
We arrange the score and conduct the choir.
We choreograph the dance and direct the actors.
We produce the show.
And when the curtain goes down
At the end of the year,
We will have made all of our students
Into stars on their own stage.


weight loss frustration
by: teacher2, 10-13-2009

I had managed to lose several pounds during the school year and this summer I have gained several back. I don't know why though. I am very cautious about what I eat and during the summer I actually exercise.
Can stress actually cause you to gain weight and/or make it impossible to lose any?
To say I am frustrated would be a huge understatement.

Can anyone share some ideas for jump starting weight loss for the over 40 crowd short of total starvation, which won't work either?



by: driventoteach, 08-09-2009

I'm pretty surprised that this board set isn't more active

One of my favorite poems:

Key Makers

Some people see a closed door, and turn away.
Others see a closed door, try the knob
if it doesn't open... they turn away.
Still others see a closed door, try the knob,
if it doesn't open, they find a key,
if the key doesn't fit... they turn away
A rare few see a closed door, try the knob
if it doesn't open, they find a key,
if the key doesn't fit...They make one.

Written by: Anonymous


What student will you never forget?
by: tchr45th, 02-15-2010

Kotex Karley--is what I nick named her. That girl had to go to the bathroom for her period every 20 min for 7 days straight. Another teacher got so frustrated she told her to take her desk with her and save the effort of coming back to class. AHhh I laugh now--but that was one 5th grader I will never forget. I guess she was excited and had to check.

(Yeah we had nurse talk to her, called mom, recommended dr visit--etc---nothing wrong--must been the excitement of growing up cuz all the excitement was gone by the time she got to 6th grade)


Feeling poetic and sharing
by: ootbe, 08-18-2009


Some days
I am a percussionist
providing steady beats
as my students run, jump and skip
down their educational paths.

Some days
I am a trumpeter
sounding the charge
for my students to follow me
as we venture into educational unknowns.

Some days I am a guitarist
crafting rhythms of lessons
inspiring my students
to sing and dance
with new skills and talents.


Some days
I am a pianist
providing the melodies and harmonies
so that each student can find
their special note in the chord.

The best days
Are when I am the conductor,
directing and leading an orchestra of learning,
a rich tapestry of individual instruments,
each student showcasing their special gifts.


appreciation for PT members
by: playpower, 08-09-2009

I just wanted to take a minute and thank all of you PT members who have posted such great material to be utilized in the classroom and in life! I've been a member for a short time but have been viewing posts for several months. As you look around the boards and read the responses- it really is inspiring and heart warming! People seem to go out of their way to help one another and inquire about the well-being of others. This truly is a community. What a great opportunity to "practice what we preach." The only thing that I could think of that would be even better than this, is to be able to choose colleagues to work with from these boards!
Thanks everyone and happy summer!


Grow a new "hide" this summer
by: beaglebaby, 07-11-2009

Someone sent me this.

It used to take me all summer to grow a new hide to replace the one they flogged off me during school terms.

ó Mark Twain

Can you relate just a bit to this? Are you feeling beaten down and beaten up at the end of a long school year? Are you desperately ready for a summer vacation?
This summer, take the time to "grow a new hide." Rest, reflect, restore, and renew.

Make this summer break as restful as possible so you are ready (and maybe even yearning???) for the classroom next fall.


a poem for all of us
by: ootbe, 08-17-2009

The Role I Play

There are times
Iíll wish I was an artist,
To see as the artist sees.

Iíll wish I was a musician,
To hear as the musician hears.

Iíll wish I was a writer
To speak as the writer speaks.

Iíll wish I was an actor
To touch as the actor touches

Iíll wish I was a dancer,
To feel what the dancer feels.


Iím not an artist.
But, I help the artists to find their eyes.

Iím not a musician.
But, I help the musicians to find their ears.

Iím not a writer.
But, I help the writers to find their voice.

Iím not an actor.
But, I help the actor to find their heart.

And Iím not a dancer.
But, I help the dancers to find their soul.

I am a teacher.


For all of us - at this time of year
by: mathmom, 06-12-2009


The Good Lord was creating teachers. It was His sixth day of 'overtime' and He knew that this was a tremendous responsibility for teachers would touch the lives of so many impressionable young children. An angel appeared to Him and said, "You are taking a long time to figure this one out."
Yes," said the Lord, " but have you read the specs on this order?"

...must stand above all students, yet be on their level
...must be able to do 180 things not connected with the subject being taught
...must run on coffee, coke and leftovers,
...must communicate vital knowledge to all students daily and be right most of the time
...must have more time for others than for herself/himself
..must have a smile that can endure through pay cuts, problematic children, and worried parents
...must go on teaching when parents question every move and others are not supportive
...must have 6 pair of hands.

"Six pair of hands, " said the angel, "that's impossible"
"Well, " said the Lord, " it is not the hands that are the problem. It is the three pairs of eyes that are presenting the most difficulty!"

The angel looked incredulous, " Three pairs of eyes...on a standard model?"
The Lord nodded His head, " One pair can see a student for what he is and not what others have labeled him as. Another pair of eyes is in the back of the teacher's head to see what should not be seen, but what must be known. The eyes in the front are only to look at the child as he/she 'acts out' in order to reflect, " I understand and I still believe in you",
without so much as saying a word to the child."

"Lord, " said the angel, " this is a very large project and I think
you should work on it tomorrow".
"I can't," said the Lord, " for I have come very close to creating something much like Myself. I have one that comes to work when he/she is sick.....teaches a class of children that do not want to learn....has a special place in his/her heart for children who are not his/her own.....understands the struggles of those who have difficulty....never takes the students for granted..."

The angel looked closely at the model the Lord was creating.
"It is too soft-hearted, " said the angel.
"Yes," said the Lord, " but also tough, You can not imagine what this teacher can endure or do, if necessary".
"Can this teacher think?" asked the angel.
"Not only think," said the Lord,. "but reason and compromise."

The angel came closer to have a better look at the model and ran his finger
over the teacher's cheek.
"Well, Lord, " said the angel, “ your job looks fine but there is a leak. I told you that you were putting too much into this model.
You can not imagine the stress that will be placed upon the teacher."
The Lord moved in closer and lifted the drop of moisture from the teacher's cheek.
It shone and glistened in the light.
"It is not a leak," He said, "It is a tear."
"A tear? What is that?" asked the angel, "What is a tear for?"

The Lord replied with great thought, " It is for the joy and pride of seeing a child accomplish even the smallest task. It is for the loneliness of children who have a hard time to fit in and it is for compassion for the feelings of their parents. It comes from the pain of not being able to reach some children and the disappointment those children feel in themselves. It comes often when a teacher has been with a class for a year and must say good-bye to those students and get ready to welcome a new class."

"My, " said the angel, " The tear thing is a great idea...You are a genius!!"

The Lord looked somber, "I didn't put it there."

Author Unknown


by: 2ndGradeRocks, 05-26-2009

Yesterday started Teacher Appreciation Week and I must say, I love our PTA and administration!! There is a huge banner hanging outside that tells the world (okay....maybe just the neighborhood!!) that the teachers at this school are appreciated and loved. PTA gave every teacher a little gift and a card with a heart-wrenching poem inside. Administration also gave every teacher a gift. This morning we are getting a catered breakfast. And I'm told there is more to come this week!

It's not that we are getting "things"'s the fact that they think highly enough of us to go to all this trouble to show it!

I love my school!!


by: Teacher721, 05-07-2009

As a student in college with 2 semesters left, I come to PT to find encouragment. It has been my dream for about 30 years now to teach! FINALLY the day is arriving! This board gives me hope as I read your post--even after a bad day or problematic children, you still find the joy in teaching. THANK YOU!

I spent a little time in a chat room earlier and was almost discouraged by some comments! I say, if you don't WANT to teach, go find another JOB, so that those of us that DO, can get a job!!!


by: cassie99, 12-08-2009

My colleagues and I keep joking that we are going to start a book where we keep a log of all the darling things our kids say. Today I was grading some language quizzes and one of the questions asked the kids to complete the analogy. Ed is to Edward as Rob is to ...... I had to chuckle when one of my sweetest, but lowest level ELs wrote Ed is to Edward as Rob is to Robward. Logical, huh?


There are far too few posts here!
by: amberini, 06-12-2009

I teach in the hardest school that I have ever encountered or heard of. We can't keep subs, we can't keep teachers, we can't keep principals. We are behaviorally challenged. It is a very rough school. I came here to vent but realized that with a month left of school that I need to inspire and be inspired. I can't spend the last month of school miserable. So..

I have parents who call me who cannot handle their own children because of their behaviors. They tell me that I am the best thing for their children and that I need to be appreciated and know what a good job I do. They come in and tear up and hug me for changing their children into caring, kind people.

Today, a student who has been screaming at kids, cussing teachers out, very very angry (second grade) all year long, he gave me a hug and told me that he's glad he's part of our community.

We're reading Because of Winn Dixie out loud in class. I have one student in particular who refuses to listen; he even goes so far as to bend his ears down and hum while I am reading. (Mind you, this is not tolerated; I am a very strict teacher with high expectations ) Today he had a good morning and I gave him the reward of being able to sit and listen with a pillow. He actually Think-Pair-Shared with a partner and LISTENED aaaand SHARED...

Although things are tough and I am ready to pull my hair out at times. I have to appreciate myself (as a parent told me). I hope all struggling teachers out there can appreciate themselves as well. As a second year teacher I cannot be discouraged.

Our passion and energy is not unnoticed!


Parent Teacher Conferences
by: Jola, 03-21-2009

I have several students this year that drive me up the wall. They are good kids, just annoying....two that won't stay in their seat, a tattletale, unmedicated ADD, one who rocks back and forth whether he is standing or sitting, and several who play in their desks all day.

However, every one of them are doing well, or doing better academically. It has been such a pleasure to sit down with parents this week and be able to brag on the successes of their children. These are 4th graders who are taking ownership of their work, putting more effort into their studies, being more responsible...etc. And even those who aren't doing great are recognizing their weaknesses and making efforts to improve in that area.

My reward is having the privelege to tell moms and dads these things. Of course, it is very rewarding when parents compliment me on my teaching skills, and tell me their child is having a great year. But that's not the main reason I'm proud. It's the smiles on the children's faces when they hear me bragging, and the smiles on the parents' faces when they hear the compliments.

It renews my faith in teaching and makes it a bit easier to face another day!



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