Day 4: Where Does my Worth Come From?

What Other People Think

Sorry for the two-day hiatus.  Between family day, special music, and a stomach bug, I’ve been out of commission…but I’m back now, hopefully for the long haul.

One of the biggest turning points in changing my mind to think more positively of education, and something I still have to fight today, is knowing where I get my self-worth is from.  I think this is one of the greatest factors when it comes to positive or negative self-talk.

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Day 3: The Thoughts Cycle

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What you think about education, your students/kids, co-workers, work load etc. directly affects how you feel towards those things and in turn how you act.

Have you ever been in a place where you are wondering why you are acting so down, impatient, sad, angry etc. ?  Those are the perfect moments to do a thought check.

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Day 2: A Thankful Heart

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A thankful heart IS a happy heart!  Thankfulness really changes our heart and outlook on life.  A few years ago I attended a small group study on Philippians 4:8.  The group leader challenged us to write down three things we were thankful for at the end of every day.  She wanted us to really commit to doing this for a week straight.

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Day 1: It’s All in Your Head!

Day 1 31 Ways to Heart Edu 2Have you ever noticed that when you’re having “one of those days” everything seems to pile up and go wrong, and of course all of your students seem to jump on board?  Have you equally been aware of a day that is going great, and recognized that even when minor problems come up you are able to solve them and move on with your “great day”?

Turning a bad day around is not easy!  We tell our children that if they want to accomplish a new or difficult feat they have to “put their mind to it”.  Guess what?  We do too!

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31 Ways to Heart Edu

31 Ways to Heart EduAs Educators, there can be a huge disconnect between what we do and the heart of teaching.  In my first year of teaching, I remember being observed by my principal and I remember she told me that I had the heart of a teacher,  and now I could continue to work on the art.  She explained how the art of educating could be taught, but the heart was much more difficult.

Over the years to follow, I grew in the art of teaching, became a great lesson planner, filled out forms (and on time!), became better familiar with standards and implementing them, caught up with the latest behavior management practices etc. …but I felt like in the middle of all that, I lost some of the heart.

Maybe this rings a bell with some of you.  Perhaps you’re at the beginning of your teaching journey and want to keep the love you have for education at the forefront, maybe you are at home now, like me, and want to inspire your child towards excellence… or possibly you’re one step from walking away from it all.

Over the next 31 days I want to explore with all of you, small little ways that we can get back to that love that inspired us to teach in the first place.  Check back in every day this month for “31 Ways to Heart Edu”.

Day 1: It’s All in Your Head!

Day 2: A Thankful Heart.

Day 3: The Thoughts Cycle

Day 4: Where Does my Worth Come From?

Day 5: How do you Treat Your Students?

Day 6: Work Together as a Team.

Day 7: To Have a Good Co-Worker, You Have to be One.

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September 11 Craftivities

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Everyday Heroes {Craftivities for September 11, Memorial Day, and Veteran’s Day}

This is a throwback post from last year, but thought it would be helpful to post it again.  

It’s always been tough for me to teach my students about September 11 and what happened that day.  Knowing that most of the students at school weren’t even born yet, makes it even more difficult.

I do however feel like it’s such an important date to remember and to help our kids relate to on an age appropriate level.

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Change Your Mind!

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Have you ever considered the power of a single thought?  I just love the quote by Henry Ford that says, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right!”

I remember as a young girl hearing my mom say, “Change your attitude Michaela” (not that I ever had a poor attitude growing up…HA).  I remember thinking, How can I just go and change my attitude?  This is how I’m feeling, and this is how it is.

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TpT Back to School Sale 2013

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Hey Everyone!  I’m SO excited that the biggest sale of the year is finally here!!!  I know that I have my wish list FULL and ready to shop.  🙂  Feel free to head on over to My TpT Store and see if there’s anything you’d like to use for the upcoming school year.

I thought it would be fun to link-up with Collaboration Cuties for a fun way to highlight some of the most wish-listed items in my TpT store, as well as my personal top wish-listed item (that’s about to move over to my shopping cart!). Continue reading