Friday, February 22, 2013

Five on Friday! 5 Things to Inspire You


I have had some pretty inspiring moments this week . . . and without going into detail, I'd encourage you all to find a time over the next week or so to try to inspire someone in your life . . . whether at home or at school or in your "real world"!

Here are 5 things that have inspired me this week!


1.  This is a photo taken of a plaque on my bookshelf at school.  It was given to me by a coworker several years ago when we went through a pretty tough time with our son with autism.  I look at it often but really try to take moments to think about it when I've had a tough day.  It was a kind of rough week at school, so I read and reread this one yesterday.  I love it.  I really really love it.  Some days it is harder to believe . . . this I know to be true.
  

2.  This video clip on YouTube.  Have you seen Kid President yet?  I haven't heard of this guy yet--but if you need a pep talk . . . this is 3 minutes well spent.  It has gotten over 10 million views in a short period of time.  There is a reason.  Watch it.  Share it.  Live it.


3.  My blog followers.  I know--cheesy, right?  Seriously though . . . some of the comments you have all made this week have really made me think.  Whether your comment be about my homework post or about my fraction posts or whatever--I really and truly value that you took the time to interact with me in this techie 21st century way!  Isn't it bizarre to feel "listened to" by complete strangers?  Thanks for being an active part of my blog.  Really.

4.  My coworkers.  You know, with as crazy as everything is getting in education, it is crystal clear to me how much we are going to need to lean on one another.  I heard a brilliant man speak the other night and he talked about faith--faith in the world . . . faith in ourselves . . .faith in others.  And he talked about how he surrounds himself with people that will raise him up when his faith waivers.  That was so meaningful to me.  I hope I can be that person who "lifts" the others in my life up when they are struggling.  Sigh.

5.  My students.  Even though the weather changes have made them  . . .  ummmm . . . "busy" this week, I am continually amazed at their willingness to work for me--to answer unanswerable questions, to go back and try something one more time, to push themselves just a little bit more.  I see them being kind to one another (usually), caring toward one another (most of the time), and genuinely enthusiastic about learning.  I had several glimpses this week at just how fragile some of them are, and I was inspired to remember how vitally important I am to them and their physical, emotional, and educational safety. It's a huge responsibility--and I hope I never forget that!

So . . . as we head into this weekend, tell me PLEASE--what inspired YOU this week?  Something big?  Something small?  Share it with us!  You never know when passing on inspiration can make a world of difference.  Just like Kid President says--"We are all on the same team!"  Let's make this world a more awesome place.


7 comments:

  1. Seeing a flash of enthusiasm from one of my tougher students was very inspiring to my student teacher and me this week. He has been a tough nut to crack, so we've enjoyed watching him come out of his shell. :)

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    1. That's fantastic, Dawn! Those are the moments that keep us going! :)

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  3. Sorry - messed up my comment and I have no idea how to edit these things :) I had a frustrating week too but what I always find inspirational is the fact that, no matter what happens, my kiddies always hug me, tell me they love me and tell me I'm "the best teacher ever!" - even if I've just made them re-do a piece of work 3 times! Today there was a huge squabble at recess with several little girls in tears afterwards. Half an hour later they came to tell me they had sorted it out, were back to normal and were "best friends" again. They went off to lunch in a huge group all smiling and with arms wrapped around each other. Would that the adults and leaders of this world could do the same!! :)

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    1. We adults could learn a LOT from the average kiddo! Thanks for sharing, Lynn! Being the best teacher in the world is a big thing to live up to! You better rest all weekend so you are ready for the responsibility on Monday!

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  4. Reading your post was inspiring to ME. I really mean it. I usually skip over these sorts of entries. I am a pretty no nonsense type of gal, but I guess somewhere inside of me there is someone who still wants to be excited about education. It's been really hard to muster that lately, here in Ontario we are being attacked like never before, our profession, our union, our rights.
    When I read your post, I thought to myself "Why don't you appreciate the little things...like when the kids work really hard at the task you give them?" Because I am always wanting to see more, more effort, more improvement, more enthusiasm, I sometimes forget to see what I do have. What is right under my own nose. I am blessed in many ways, with my family and my job. Thank you for the inspiration to look for the inspiration in every day!
    http://teachingisagift.blogspot.ca

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    1. Wow. Your comment made my day! Trust me when I tell you that I am a no-nonsense kind of gal as well...but I also know that I have to be VERY deliberate about controlling my emotions or they will control me! I hope you come back often . . .I'm going to check out your blog to see what inspires me!

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