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At the Risk of Sounding Sappy

Monday, July 29, 2013

Today I begin teaching summer school. I have the the 9 neediest children coming from Kindergarten into First Grade. Extremely needy academically, of course, but also needy from the lack of parental support and with behavior problems to boot! I am definitely not looking for a pat on the back because this is what I am meant to do. I always want my previous year's kids back because they know the routine, my expectations, and my concern for them. This group does not know me and I only have 16 days. I have to remember this in order to set the tone for the whole school year.

While I have to teach a lot of reading today, I also have to remember patience!
And...one of the greatest teachers and example of patience ever -

So give me patience today! I can't promise that I will have it when I return home, but I am going to need it here, too. Patience to go through a workout when it is the last thing I want to do, and patience to accept whatever number the scale gives me, since this is weigh-in day. I have set my mind to it and all of these WILL happen today! Have a wonderful day everyone!
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    You sound like you have the right attitude. Just remember 16 days can make quite an impression on a young child in need. You are there to help them. I believe you can do it! emoticon
    1714 days ago
    I somehow think you had enough patience to spare. What a lucky bunch of children to get such a caring and concerned teacher. Good teachers never get enough credit for their hard work. I still recall my first grade teacher fondly and that was decades ago. Good luck with your weight loss goals. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1724 days ago
    All will be well, because this is what you are "meant to do." The kids are lucky to have you. And at the end of the day... breathe, relax, and take care of yourself in the whatever way suits you best.

    1724 days ago
    I know you'll all work it out. emoticon
    1724 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    I hope you have a good day today, and I hope your patience is your strength all day. Including when you get home, hope you can get some exercise in, great stress reliever. emoticon
    1725 days ago
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  • KAB7801
    You are special! Good luck with the kids, by the end of my day with just one my patience is gone!
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    1725 days ago
    By now you probably know more about patience than most of us. I admire all teachers who show concern for their students. We need more champions for children! emoticon
    1725 days ago
    I am an ed. tech. (teacher's aide) in special ed. during the school year, kindergarten through 2nd grade, so I understand your predicament!! I approach each work day taking a deep breath, with my only plan being to do the very best I can, and let go of the stresses at the end of the day. (But I still go home thinking about the kids constantly!) Will send you some meditative deep breaths emoticon

    1725 days ago
    Even if you spend every bit of patience you have today, it will be well worth it. Wishing you and your students a truly emoticon day!!
    1725 days ago
    Sending you positive patience thoughts. Have a great day!
    1725 days ago
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