Look at that. As soon as I declared that I was jumping on the #Blogtober bandwagon, I fell right back off it. Here's my last ditch effort at putting my money where my blogging mouth is because Fall Break happened. While I envisioned moments like right now where I would peck away at my keyboard while the boy was around to take over some of my normal time-filling activities (dropping off and picking up a Kindergartner, anyone?), instead I've been choosing to do things like create an indoor hopscotch board and watch Scandal. Guess what...I discovered Scandal! and I know I'm behind the times, but Scandal!
Advice is a funny thing. You get it everywhere, both requested and unsolicited. Occasionally, it sticks; most of the time, it doesn't. (I'm looking at you random people in stores when I was pregnant.) But here it is, my absolute favorite piece of advice that I ever received, which has carrie me through 9 years of teaching:
You will never have 2 bad days in a row. I don't know why, but that's just the way it is.
When you're a newbie teacher, the advice of experienced, trusted co-workers can often carry more weight than later in your career. Thanks, Theresa Pletch. You were invaluable in boosting my confidence and helping me understand that I have a place in education.
Her words from 9 years ago have come back to me every time I came home defeated or angry at situations sometimes in my control but often dictated by others. And this advice has never once failed me, perhaps because I've pre-determined that the next day will be better. It always has been. Wonderous.