I remind myself that I am a skilled, creative and accomplished teacher. When I forget, I try to look back on my successes for inspiration on, not my failures.
I cannot reach every kid all the time, and that is OK as long as I strive to create opportunities for every kid to reach me. I am continually learning how to create these opportunities.
Some students live under circumstances that are way beyond my control.
Although I am the teacher, I am also a learner first.
The most important thing I want my students to know about me is that I am a human being, and I do have a sense of humour.
Less self righteousness, more humour and compassion.
Colleagues that do not provide mutual support and encouragement are not the kind of people whose opinions I should value.
I teach kids science, but it is more important that I help kids learn how to live well.
Find some inspiration and gratitude in every single day. The toughest days are when you need these the most.
When all else fails, a good dose of magic horse breath makes everything better.
I hope you have a fantastic school year and find the daily inspiration, encouragement and confidence you need.