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Old 09-19-2016, 01:13 AM
 
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Please share a saying or quote that helps you to keep your stress level down as a teacher.

Here are some of my favorites:

- Asking myself "What would happen if I didn't do this?"

- Saying "That's not my top priority" instead of "I don't have time for that"


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Old 09-19-2016, 01:25 AM
 
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Mine is:

"I can do anything for a day."

As a sub, it gives me patience with individual students or situations that I'm sure would be harder to muster if I knew I was going to have to keep it up all year.
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"What gets measured gets done."
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Old 09-19-2016, 03:59 AM
 
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Not my circus; not my monkeys.
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Old 09-19-2016, 04:15 AM
 
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I say, "not my circus, not my monkeys" all the time.


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Old 09-19-2016, 04:53 AM
 
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"I'm doing the best job I can with the time and resources available."
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Old 09-19-2016, 04:54 AM
 
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"Do your best every day."

My best one day will be different the next day due to a variety of factors.
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Old 09-19-2016, 04:57 AM
 
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Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes it's the little voice in your head that says "I will try again tomorrow."
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Do the best you can, then accept what is...

LOVE not my circus, not my monkeys but sadly is always seems to be my monkeys
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Old 09-19-2016, 07:06 AM
 
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Are we having having fun yet?


I don't care what they say I didn't do it. (Although I probably did, but don't tell)


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Old 09-19-2016, 07:09 AM
 
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"If I got hit by a bus, the work will still get done by someone"
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Old 09-19-2016, 08:09 AM
 
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This too shall pass
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Old 09-19-2016, 08:23 AM
 
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What is the worst thing that can happen?
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Old 09-19-2016, 09:13 AM
 
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Do your best, forget the rest~
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5 hours until a glass of wine
4 hours until a glass of wine
3 hours until a glass of wine
2 hours until a glass of wine....
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Old 09-19-2016, 09:52 AM
 
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"Not my circus, not my monkeys" also if I don't do this, what's the worst that will happen?
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Old 09-19-2016, 11:36 AM
 
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"I'm sorry, that won't work for me"
"I'm sorry, what would you like me to do?"
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This too shall pass.
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Old 09-19-2016, 11:51 AM
 
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"Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder." - This was emailed to us the other week by one of our union reps. It came on an especially hard day so I really appreciated it.
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Old 09-19-2016, 12:12 PM
 
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If this is the worst thing that happens, I've got a pretty good life.

I've had reasonable luck with telling admin:
Someone else should have this opportunity. :-)

I also like the way DH sent me off to work: "Enjoy your day."

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Old 09-19-2016, 12:17 PM
 
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...depending on the day.

From Max Ehrmann's "Desiderata:"
Quote:
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

From the National Lampoon's Parody of same, called "Deteriarata:"

Quote:
You are a fluke of the universe.
You have no right to be here.
And whether you can hear it or not,
The universe is laughing behind your back.
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Old 09-19-2016, 12:26 PM
 
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I've been known to look myself in the mirror and say.....

Acknowledge the fact that you'll never please every single customer.

There will always be those who can't function without negativity. Work your best with them and stay positive.

Remember that you have already racked up plenty of success stories.

You are only one person.
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My DH gave me this one after listening to all I had to do:

"Nothing is impossible for he who doesn't have to do it." meaning admin. would just keep on piling it on so just do what I could do.
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Another one that can apply to any area of life is

It is better to try and fail then to not try and always wonder what could have been.

I added to it, but I think that is A good thing to remember.
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"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." This helped even when it seemed I had to do all things at the same time!
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I am practicing saying "No."
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Old 09-19-2016, 01:33 PM
 
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...Lord, make me an instrument of your peace...

And so on. It's especially helpful when I feel myself losing patience.
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Will this matter tomorrow?
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I tend to hum the chorus 'what doesn't kill me makes stronger' or 'I will survive' ....
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Old 09-19-2016, 02:39 PM
 
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As others have shared, "This too shall pass."

I think God understands.

I am blessed.

Someone else's lack of planning should not be my cause for emergency.

It's worth is to me to ___ (spend X or do Y) to ____ (have kids learn, or appease so & so).

I know I'm making a difference.

This is going to make me stronger and...

What doesn't kill me makes me stronger

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My favorite:

"On to the next"

If I have a bad class or a tough interaction with a student it really helps me.
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I think of that illustration by Mary Engelbreit that says, "I'm in charge here!" I don't know why but it kind of makes me laugh.

Sometimes I also silently repeat, "It's not worth it. Stay calm. Shut your mouth." Ha, the last one is usually during meetings.

Then, "Nod, smile, ignore." If I talk, I always either make myself more work or regret it.
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Old 09-19-2016, 03:02 PM
 
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"Just keep swimming"
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"I can only do so much." Or "forget this!"
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Lately.it's been...what are they going to do? Fire me????
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"Just smile and nod"
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I choose peace over this.
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I might be more tired than I thought
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1. They're only mine for nine months.

2. Let it go... Let it go...

3. "At least I have air conditioning." (This is what I say now all the time since Ive been reading the DOZENS of posts from teachers working in buildings with no a/c, which, IMO is inhuman and totally blows my nind.
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From Hamilton:

Talk less, smile more
Don't let them know what you're against or what you're for.

Particularly good when going to meetings with admin's who don't listen to reason! Better than saying something negative.

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Not my circus, not my monkeys. This helps me stay out of situations that don't involve me at school.
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Worry is like a rocking chair:

It keeps you real busy, but you don't get anywhere.
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I constantly remind myself, "I'm here for the students, not the adults."
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Excellence is not the same as perfection.
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Welcome to my circus, those are my monkeys.
Usually the crazy is mine and I have to own it. (Like now when I should be prepping but am on PT instead).
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Your lack of planning does not constitute an emergency on my part.
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"Ah, $4!, I'm going to bed." Yes, that is where I am tonight Tomorrow is another day.
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I always remind myself that the work will be waiting for me later, or tomorrow, or whenever. It's not going anywhere, but maybe I am!
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What is the worst that can happen?
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It's good enough.
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What will be will be.

Not my circus not my monkeys.

It could always be worse.

You smile and the world smiles with you. You cry, you cry alone. (This keeps me from having pity parties)
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Just get through each hour at a time!!
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I sing "Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you tomorrow..." when I am having a bad day. Reminds me tomorrow is a brand new day!
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Not my circus...then I realize they ARE my monkeys!!. We sing "let it go" a lot this year...andnd my new favorite...What's one more? When o find out I'm getting a new kiddo...to add to my current 28 kinders!!
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Change your attitude, change the day.

It's not always easy to do but I have come to realize that my attitude is the biggest factor in how our day will go.
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Over and over and over again....
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What's meant to be will be.

Everyday is a fresh start.
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I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and dog gone it, people like me.
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I also say "Not my circus not my monkeys" quite frequently!
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Haven't heard "...good enuf...smart enuf" in years.
'Made me laugh.
Thanks for sharing.
I dunno which I miss more:
The old SNLs?
Or...
Having the energy to stay up late on a Saturday night?
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Mine too. Except they are my circus and my monkeys. Help me now.
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Let it go and It is what it is.
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breathe, breathe
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I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
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You've got this!
It is what it is.
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Let go, and let God...

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

This, too, shall pass.
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You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
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The two I say the most to remind myself are

It is what it is.
Every day is a new start.

I also love the quote - Be the change you want to see in the world.
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Your lack of organization isn't my emergency!
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This isn't a saying or quote but I post pictures and letters given to me by students and parents that are encouraging to me. I look at them and read them when I feel stressed and like a failure!
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My two favorites: Keep calm and pretend that it's on the lesson plan! You can't make a dollar out of seventy-five cents!
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All children have the ability to learn but not in the same way or on the same day
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This too shall pass
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I know several others share that quote with me. I often heard it from an older teacher who I admired so much. Long after she was gone I repeated it to my peers and mentees. It was comforting and TRUE!
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I remind myself that I do well, and my studentslove me. And I can do anything fir two hours.
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Not my circus, not my monkeys.
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You have to love what you do and do it wholeheartedly. When this stops, the stress begins to build-up.
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"Water on a duck. Let it roll right off."

"They leave at 3:30."
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"I can only do what I can do. Nothing is more important than the instructional needs of my students."

I have a few things written on index cards on my desk so that I find them often and remind myself to stay focused on the important stuff.
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I just want to say that I've been coming back to this post at least twice a day to remind myself of all these awesome sayings!!

And while talking with a colleague about so much more required work that we agree can never be put on one human's plate, today she said "Well then they can fire me. I'm sure they'd find a line of people waiting to take my place. Not!"
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Calm and kind

Simple to remember...not always to implement.
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..let me know how that works out for you."
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When I'm asked to do something and I need or want to say NO, especially from my students (like extra recess, watch a video, have treats, etc.)

"Sorry, that's on the lesson plan."
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My grade level team has a saying - "Tomorrow is another day."
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I love these quotes already listed. One of my favorites: "You can't get blood out of a turnip"
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I use a lot of the above too :)
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1 This is a 1st World problem.
2. Would it matter if tomorrow never came?
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I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13


Also--the ever popular "Not my circus, not my monkeys."
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Suck it up, Buttercup.

from Tina Fey: B!tche$ get stuff done.

Do all you can, Bookgeek. No more, no less.
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In all things do not be anxious - the Bible

That isn't about me... (Don't take anything personally)

This kid needs my support. (Especially the annoying, unlikable, mean, misfit)

I am doing my best right now

Say it with kindness

Enjoy every breath

I'm lucky to be here!
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Old 09-23-2016, 05:22 PM
 
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On a REALLY bad day, I will stop in my tracks, bow my head, close my eyes & silently pray, "God, give me patience!" The kids usually shape up at that because I don't do it often. Sometimes, for dramatic effect, I do it out loud. That really gets 'em. And it definitely gives me a moment to step back from the edge!

I've also used, "It is what it is." and Let it go...Let it go...

But I'm particularly liking, "Not my circus..." these days.
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Give it three years and it will change again.

I teach students not curriculum.

Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. (I feel like Mary Poppins this year managing the multiple meltdowns in my room.)

It's better to ask for forgiveness than permission.

They are only five. They are only five.
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"Close enough."

"It just doesn't matter."
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I need to build a bridge, and then get over it! and This too shall pass.
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Keep it simple.
Less is more.
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Only _ more days until _ break!

Thank God for Snow Days! I hope we have some this year. Last year was brutal!

Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.
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There's always tomorrow.

I refuse to die while doing this job.
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And the best is yet to come
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