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The first two days…

The first two days…

Yes.  I am blessed.  The last two days back at a job I love have been blessings.

Some teachers (and other people who have to) go through meetings get frustrated and upset at times.  They worry and fret over things, because the boss is not saying what they want or a co-worker won’t stop asking questions.  Well, I recognize the fact that we are all different people, different personalities and bodies.  We have difference of opinions, mind-sets and medication.  Haha!

I LOVE THOSE DIFFERENCES!  If we were all the same…how would this world be!?!  We’d all like bananas and the color green would be our fave.  How would that even work?  Yes, we would all agree, but how would that help move anything forward.  Plain and simple, it wouldn’t.  Duhh.

Ok, I know that some of those meetings go on and on because someone can’t let go of a point. I get it. But instead of getting upset, I giggle.  NOT AUDIBLY; although, sometimes a weird sound comes out from trying to stifle the giggle.  I don’t giggle because I’m making fun…I giggle because, as I said up there…I recognize that we are all different.  I giggle with joy that GOD MADE US THAT WAY!

I do admit, I threatened a couple of co-workers with a good ole body slam yesterday, but all in fun OF COURSE. (if I could actually body slam them..that would be entertaining tho!  haha!)

Back to my original point: I AM BLESSED.  Thank You God for these first two days!!!  Excited to see what this third one holds and the many more to come.  Excitement really doesn’t even begin to describe my expectancy!

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We are ALL teachers.

We all have those teachers that REALLY taught us.  We have those favorite ones that made us feel good about ourselves, pushed us to be our best.  Oh how safe we felt when we entered their rooms!  Those are the ones who truly influenced us the most.  They taught us so much!

BUT WE ALSO have those who made us negatively question our intelligence and confidence. They made us feel uneasy every time we saw them not only in class but at the grocery store.  Even though they were pretty much the opposite of the “favorite,” they still taught us something.

When I was in 6th grade, I politely raised my hand to ask a question.  Once called on, I asked the question.  The teacher then looked at me and told me that students like me were the reason she wanted to quit her job.  I will never ever EVER forget the way that lady made me feel.  Until that very day, she had been one of my favorite teachers.  Wow, did that change!  She will never know how much she taught me that day.  I admit, that was quite the downer for me.  I didn’t enjoy science as much after that day.  I never EVER asked another question in that class.  I wondered why she did that to me.  I don’t remember the question, but I’m certain it wasn’t anything to warrant her response.  I won’t go on and tell you about my pity party afterward.

What I want to tell you is …that she taught me to never EVER make someone feel like that.  Because of that day in 6th grade, I am a teacher that strives to make my students feel loved, cared for and IMPORTANT.

Even if I didn’t have my teaching degree, I would still be some type of teacher.  We all are!  You teach others something by your words and actions.  It’s a given.  Even if you are more of a follower, you are still leading someone.  You are setting an example at all times.  Is your example something worth following?

I learn so much from those around me …even my 10 year old child who wanted to know if Dinosaurs came before Adam and Eve?  He’s always questioning things and wanting to know more about this or that.  I love learning more and more just through his eyes.  Even at 10, he’s a teacher.  We are ALL teachers.

What have you learned today?
What have you TAUGHT today?

I’m a mean teacher!

I expect my students to come in, sit down and listen a little.

I ask them to do things like color and create, paint and sculpt.

I encourage them to continue working and not to give up.

I ask them to concentrate and work toward a goal.

I demonstrate the correct way and then help and assist them to do it on their own.

They can do it!

Most of them try their hardest and a large part of my students GET IT.

They CAN draw, they CAN paint and they CAN create art.

Some of them say, “I’m not an artist.”  To them I say, “YES YOU ARE.”

I expect them to do their best.  My class, like any other, takes some work.  Just like other classes, students do well in it or they do not so well in it… but really, truly, it depends on about 90% attitude.

If they start out thinking they CAN’T… they are probably right.  If they start out not liking the assignment or for some reason think I’m MEAN by asking them to do it… they will more than likely not have a good outcome.  If they get to the point that their attitude becomes disrespect, it is certain they will not do well.  All that does is make me sad for them.  I will not accept their I CAN’T attitude or their misconception of why I assigned the project …AND THERE IS NO WAY I will take their disrespect.

So, if that makes me a mean teacher…

I’M A MEAN TEACHER!

I’m so proud to be a REBEL.

MY SATURDAY MORNING FB POST:

So proud of THE REBELS–all of them–not just one kid…not just one team…all of them. So honored and blessed to work at OCHS. If you look back, my posts, WIN OR LOSE, say good things about our students. I’m always a fan, always a REBEL. #RebelPride #SchoolSpirit #Forever

I’ve been a Rebel since about 1976 when I first stepped into Mrs. Lynn’s class.  She was so intimidating and scary.  She taught me though.  I learned.  I eventually realized even though she was very strict, she loved us.  That is what a teacher does.  They love.

Here I am many, many, many years later teaching at the same school I graduated from.  Through those years, I was a rebel in so many different ways, but always a loyal Rebel even when I taught at a different school with a much different mascot.

There have been several students come through my classroom here at OCHS.  They come in all different shapes, sizes, learning abilities, strengths, weaknesses, talents, attitudes, character, and so on.  Some, actually most, have insecurities I recall having when I was their age.  Others have strong opinions about events, other students and classes they take–and they don’t mind voicing them.  I remember being that exact same way as well.  ((I know yesterday’s post was a little negative about the strong talkers, but I know I was once right there–“wasting my time.”))

However they come, I love them.  I support them.  I hope to teach them more than what the class is called.   I hope to show them things about life that if not understood now, perhaps, one day they will remember.

Our football team is on a major winning streak right now.  If you know anything about Texas football, you know that is a big deal.  Win or lose, though…I’m proud of all of our students who are involved at our school –from the player to the fan, the athlete to the scholar.  They are all important.  Period.

…and no matter what…

I’m so proud to be a REBEL. 

I **GET** to…

I get to go to work today!  Yes, we have been back all this week, but it just hit me…

I don’t HAVE to go, or dread going…or HATE TO GO (how horrible that would be!)…

I GET TO GO!  I’m so blessed!  I love my job, love the people I work with and oh boy, oh boy, oh boy…I LOVE MY STUDENTS!  I can’t wait to see the former ones coming back into my room and meet the new faces that waltz in too.  I know, they might be “waltzing,” but the first day of school is always exciting even if some are a little reluctant.  (ok, a lot reluctant)

Today, I GET to see my friends….I GET TO work on bettering myself as a teacher.  I GET to get things done.  I even GET to present a little info to the staff on my campus today.  HOW EXCITING! 

My Pinterest board shows a little of what we are going to do today: CLICK HERE TO SEE IT!

I GET TO DO THIS AWESOME THING THEY CALL TEACHING….I’m so blessed that GOD chose me for this adventure! 

SO BLESSED!  —“I **GET** to!”

TEACHERS, PLEASE WATCH THIS! (ok, EVERYONE watch this!)

All teachers should watch this video.  There are so many points to it that are INSPIRING and they push me to be a better teacher.

After tweeting this out, I had a great awesome friend send this:

  LOVE that Ted talk “you matter”… Not just for teachers!
She is absolutely RIGHT!  This is not just for teachers.  This is for HUMANITY!  We should all let others know that they matter, believe in ourselves that we matter and CONNECT with each other by networking, building a team and solving problems TOGETHER.

TEACHER APPRECIATION

teacherappreciation

You’ve seen the signs:  IF YOU CAN READ THIS, THANK A TEACHER.  BUT a teacher, to me, is so much more than only that person who has taught us to read, write or do that other thing.  (Love to the math teachers too!)

We have so many teachers in our midst.

Those who actually went to school to get a teaching degree fill the first few years of our lives- daily.  I am blessed and honored to be one of those that get to experience high school with so many awesome students.  I truly enjoy doing what I do …for the great, good, bad and ugly attitudes.  One of my former teachers (the first year I got to actually TEACH with him) once said, “How fun would teaching be if all your kids were ‘MODEL STUDENTS’?”  That statement stuck with me, because, for me, just like him, that is so true!  If all of our students were the exact same, this job I love so much, might not be so fun.  I do know some teachers and have worked with many that exasperate themselves to no end, because they want all of their classes to get everything the first time and to all learn the exact same way.  That is a subject for another blog.

TEACHERS are important.  Those who have their degree, though, aren’t the only ones we encounter.  I know, this Teacher Appreciation Week is really designated for those certification carrying ones, but I’m here to acknowledge the OTHER teachers as well…

My dad, who taught me so many things from his positive encouragement and negative ways.  He was my absolute cheerleader, but may things he did in his life that I witnessed made me learn that I definitely did not want to do that.

My mom, who through her sweet spirit, showed me that if you get mad, you don’t have to dwell on it…move on.  I, of course, don’t do that all the time, but for the most part, I try my best to forgive and forget and she was stellar at that!

My grandmothers who were such great friends, but so much UN-alike.  They both showed me so many characteristics from the docile, sweet and quiet to the spunky, cantankerous and onerey.  How they were best of friends still cracks me up.

I learn from my children.  They teach me most of all that GOD puts up with a lot from us.  We are His children just like they are ours.  I want to give them all I can and I know God does the same for us.  I have learned that this truth which is mentioned and praised about in the Bible, is my most favorite truth.  God wants our life to work out for the good.

There are so many who have taught me awesome stuff over the years and some I’m about to list continue to teach me daily AND they teach me more than I can list, but here goes:  (and yes, some are certified teachers)

  • Mrs. Garrison…taught me that not only is ARTING a great career, but being a mentor no matter what you are doing, is the best!
  • Mr. Hanoshack …taught me that teaching should be fun and sometimes crazy –even if your students look at you like you are FOR REAL crazy–it’s worth it, because they will remember something from your display/lecture even if it’s just the fact that you are CRAZY.
  • Mr. Oglesby …taught me that even though student teaching days might be a nightmare, that is NOT the way your teaching career has to be.  THANK GOD!
  • Mrs. Jensen …taught me that teaching is something that is not only a career, but a calling.
  • Coach Chadwick …taught me that being the happiest and most supportive person you can be is above all the best thing you can do in this life.
  • Johnny Coleman …taught me that being  a friend who will do anything for you is what a friend is really supposed to do –no matter what.
  • Reagan Y’barbo …taught me that it’s important to have someone you can go to for every aspect of a woman’s life–a man doesn’t understand EMOTION sometimes!
  • Tammy Whitehurst  …taught me that even tho your younger years might have been crazy insane and sinful, GOD STILL LOVES ME and will never not love me.
  • Danny Essary …taught me that a path based on the Bible is for real the only way AND you can be friends forever no matter how far away you are from each other or how few times you get in touch over the years.

I could list so many others, but for now, I’m going to list ONE MORE who might not think he has taught me anything and probably wishes I would learn MORE of the stuff he thinks I should…

BOBBY LEE CLAWSON has taught me that a person can love another person unconditionally…no matter what they say or do OR what their physical appearance is even when it’s changed numerous times over the years due to things such as exercise, diet and AGE.   In this day and age, there are so many who don’t hang on to relationships (married or otherwise), because they don’t work for it and definitely don’t know what about or can show UNCONDITIONAL love.  If you truly love someone, then no matter what–YOU LOVE THEM.  Again, just like GOD loves us.  We can do horribly despicable things yet, HE STILL LOVES US.  Bobby Lee has taught me that people CAN do this.

“We love because HE first loved us.”  1John 4:19

GOD is the ultimate Teacher.  What a lesson!  Thanks Teacher!

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