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Dear Teacher, Do you ever feel overwhelmed, overworked, or like no one understands you at all? Do you often see the negative memes about teaching and feel deflated? Is your class this year particularly challenging? Are you not allowed to enjoy your weekends? Find out how you can love Mondays AND enjoy your Sundays too!! This post will touch your heart and inspire you in more ways than you can imagine. Regardless of what grade level you teach, you MUST check out this post!!
A few weeks ago, I was scrolling through Instagram and I stopped on a post by thekindergals about not being able to pour from an empty cup. Basically, we can't give to others what we don't have within ourselves and how important it is for us to take time for ourselves and recharge.  

Well, I just LOVED that message...and then I started reading the comments.

I read a comment from one teacher who was experiencing an overwhelming school year.  She said that when she goes on social media she was bombarded with images and messages that told her she needed to be happy. Always happy. Everyday. And she just felt horrible.

And my heart hurt for her.

Do I believe in being positive?

Absolutely.

I am a positive thinking person and I think that there is almost always a way to solve a problem.

But at the same time, I think it's ok for people to feel overwhelmed.
It's ok for us to feel like we have reached our limits and we need a break.
It's ok to love the heck out of your weekends.
Enjoy your time with your family and friends.
Enjoy time with yourself.
REFILL YOUR CUP.

And then, go to school recharged and enjoy your time with your kids because sometimes...many times... we are all they have.

So I posted this question on Instagram and Facebook:

Dear Teacher, Do you ever feel overwhelmed, overworked, or like no one understands you at all? Do you often see the negative memes about teaching and feel deflated? Is your class this year particularly challenging? Are you not allowed to enjoy your weekends? Find out how you can love Mondays AND enjoy your Sundays too!! This post will touch your heart and inspire you in more ways than you can imagine. Regardless of what grade level you teach, you MUST check out this post!!

And the response was powerful. 

Teachers seemed to agree that yes, we can love our jobs, while loving our weekend and time away from the classroom.  Teachers encouraged each other to take a break, make time for themselves, and be positive.

They said, be human.

So what's the big deal?
What is this constant back and forth about?
Why are there, Pro Monday and Pro Sunday posts?
Why does it feel as if teachers who post about needing a break are shamed for their feelings?
Why does it feel like people who love Mondays are constantly defending themselves?
Why, at a time when teachers are overwhelmed by so many stressors (classroom, school, government), are we shaming each other?

Why isn't the message:


Dear Teacher, Do you ever feel overwhelmed, overworked, or like no one understands you at all? Do you often see the negative memes about teaching and feel deflated? Is your class this year particularly challenging? Are you not allowed to enjoy your weekends? Find out how you can love Mondays AND enjoy your Sundays too!! This post will touch your heart and inspire you in more ways than you can imagine. Regardless of what grade level you teach, you MUST check out this post!!



Dear Teacher, Do you ever feel overwhelmed, overworked, or like no one understands you at all? Do you often see the negative memes about teaching and feel deflated? Is your class this year particularly challenging? Are you not allowed to enjoy your weekends? Find out how you can love Mondays AND enjoy your Sundays too!! This post will touch your heart and inspire you in more ways than you can imagine. Regardless of what grade level you teach, you MUST check out this post!!



Dear Teacher, Do you ever feel overwhelmed, overworked, or like no one understands you at all? Do you often see the negative memes about teaching and feel deflated? Is your class this year particularly challenging? Are you not allowed to enjoy your weekends? Find out how you can love Mondays AND enjoy your Sundays too!! This post will touch your heart and inspire you in more ways than you can imagine. Regardless of what grade level you teach, you MUST check out this post!!


Why is the message of "Loving Monday" more powerful than "Enjoying Sunday"?
They are both important.
They both matter.

And here's my truth.

I enjoy every moment of my weekend.
I enjoy every moment of my time with my students.

I am a good teacher.

I am a great teacher.
And you are too.
And I hope you will remember that.
Remember it next Sunday when you're enjoying the remainders of the day with your family.
Remember it Monday morning when you greet your students.
You are amazing.

Dear Teacher, Do you ever feel overwhelmed, overworked, or like no one understands you at all? Do you often see the negative memes about teaching and feel deflated? Is your class this year particularly challenging? Are you not allowed to enjoy your weekends? Find out how you can love Mondays AND enjoy your Sundays too!! This post will touch your heart and inspire you in more ways than you can imagine. Regardless of what grade level you teach, you MUST check out this post!!

If you enjoyed this post, you'll also like this one. Don't let the title fool you - it's not JUST for the end of the school year. It'll touch your heart at ANY time!



My family

Hi!
It's been awhile and I'm so excited to get back in the groove of posting regularly.
I know I mentioned it before, but I am in LOVE with the new blog design.
It's so me!

I wanted to share one way I try to help my kiddos talk about their families. We know that as children begin to develop a sense of their own identity, they look to their families as a way to solidify who they are, what their interests are, or who they will become.

We talk about families all through the school year, but I like to revisit family vocabulary words during this time of year as students start to become stronger writers.

As we work on narrative writing, my students want to know how to spell the names of the people who are featured in their stories. And while I encourage them to "sound out the words", or "do their best", I don't like the feeling of a child not being able to tell their story just because they are hung up on one word.

So, I created a set of family vocabulary cards that reflect different ethnicities. I will work on a set that contains interracial family members as well as a set with differently abled family members.

Currently, I have a set of African American, Caucasian, Asian and Latino families.


All four individual sets and the bundled pack are available in my TpT store.

I'm BAAACK! And better than ever!

I'm just amazed!
How amazing is Michelle from the 3am Teacher?
She NAILED my new blog design.
I can't tell you how much I LOVE what she designed for me.
I couldn't imagine a better way to capture my tutuness!

Now, I'm back and I've got some posts to write!