Back to School Motivation and Inspiration

Feeling stressed in today’s society is pretty much inevitable. But how stressed you get or how often this happens are two things that you can have a great influence over. How many of you are starting to feel stressed or overwhelmed because school is starting soon? I know I am!
Some of you had your first day of school today, and you came home wondering if your students will ever learn to line up in a straight line instead of looking like a snake or ever remember to push in their chair. It’s things like this that can sometimes make us frustrated. However, it is important to remember it will get better. It takes time, effort, energy, and practice. Finding that balance can sometimes be difficult. Find your #tribe or a group of people who care, support, and encourage you. These are the people that care about you and want you to succeed. Being a teacher is never an easy job as some people may think. It can actually be quite stressful and tiring. A lot of work does go into teaching and preparing lessons and activities. Most people don’t see that side of the job. It can make it difficult to have a work-life balance, meaning that feelings of depression and stress can creep in if we’re not careful. No teachers want to feel like this, which is why it’s important that they find treatments that make them feel more relaxed and creative. I know one of my colleagues always uses platinum cookies ( to make herself less stressed. This method seems to be widely used in other professions too, so it might be worth looking into this method if you’re feeling depressed. There are other methods available too, so don’t let your profession become overwhelming. Teachers do have a stressful job but don’t let it take over your life.

It is so true when they say that the whole month of August for teachers is like a Sunday night before school starts. I know many teachers are diligently working in their classrooms to get everything ready for the first day of school. However, it’s important to consider this:

“Don’t let your classroom define yourself as a teacher. Just be YOU!” – Male Kindergarten Teacher
This can be difficult to do. We all want to create a fun, positive, and engaging learning environment in which our students will learn. Am I right? However, it is important to remember that there is not one thing in your classroom that can truly encompass the joy, happiness, struggles, hardships, and passion of a teacher. YOU can only define yourself.
Today I am partnering up with Boogie Board to bring you some inspirational quotes using my Boogie Board Sync 9.7 eWriter. Who doesn’t love doodling? I recently became obsessed with using Boogie Boards to write inspirational quotes, notes, messages, and much more. The best part about the Boogie Board Sync is that you can save your work from your tablet straight to your phone, computer, or iPad with just a click of a button. How amazing is that? I hope these quotes motivate you to be the best teacher that you can be!
How many of you often feel overwhelmed with how much is expected of teachers year after year? It’s inevitable. Finding that balance between work and your personal life can be difficult. However, it is important to gain more knowledge and learn from one another. Managing my blogs, engaging in partnerships, updating my TeachersPayTeacher store, and balancing my personal life are difficult, but these things keep me going. My #tribe is what keeps me going too. Find those people in your life that share the same interests and passion as you, and collaborate, inspire, and motivate one another to become better in the field of education.
This quote really does not need any explanation. You are one of the most influential people in your students’ lives. As an educator, you spend more time during the day with a child than the parents do. They look to you for guidance, encouragement, compassion, and strength. To this day I still remember who my teachers were from preschool to 12th grade. It’s those teachers who have inspired me to be the teacher I am today. They taught me to pass on the love of learning to my students and to create lifelong learners. I challenge you to motivate your students to learn, explore, discover, and investigate the world in which we live in
I came across this quote on the TeachersPayTeachers Facebook page. This quote really resonated with me. As teachers, we sometimes have a student who takes longer to master an objective or is struggling to keep up. Do we ever give up on that child? No. Do we continue to work with that child and encourage them? Yes! If you believe in your students and they can see it, it may give them the motivation or desire to keep going.

Greg from The Kindergarten Smorgasboard and Kayla from Top Dog Teaching are on a mission to take over the conversation about education. They are challenging every single teacher out there to join their mission: Each and every day post a picture (you don’t have to show kids…) of something amazing that happened in your classroom. Post it on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and use the hashtag #happyclassrooms. It is a great way to interact and share your experiences with people who are going through the same thing. As a result, you may also decide to get instagram hashtags for your posts to guarantee that your photos are seen by the wider community. Including a variety of them on your post could help to do this, and you can connect and engage with people who know exactly what you’re going through. If you don’t have a picture, tell a story about something positive that happened in your classroom. USE THE HASHTAG #happyclassrooms

For more information on #happyclassrooms check out Greg’s blog post: Click Here

Together we can change the way we think, believe, motivate, and inspire!

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5 Comment

  1. Reply
    Amy S
    August 10, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Great post, Chad! #happyclassrooms taking over this school year!

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      Male Kindergarten Teacher
      August 10, 2015 at 10:04 pm

      Thanks Amy! #happyclassrooms all the way!

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    Greg Smedley
    August 10, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    You seriously rock! The world is a better place because of you. I am so glad we're real life friends! Even if you are 12!

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    August 10, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    We had our first teacher work day today and at lunch a fellow teacher was moaning about how she was going to have to pick her kids up from school, how she had to sit in a long carpool line, etc… I looked at her and said, "This is the year of positivity!!!" Your post, Chad, reinforces the fact that surrounding yourself with those people, your TRIBE, helps you be a better you!! Thanks for the post, your awesome and I too am glad we are real life friends!!!!!

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    Deborah Agne
    August 13, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    WOW, Chad! I really loved this post to your blog! We all need to remember to inspire and encourage each other so that we can motivate our young learners and teach with enthusiasm! I hope you have a wonderful year and a #happyclassroom!

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