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Thanks for the inspiration! I

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Thanks for the inspiration! I took my classroom back this year and doing what I love! My joy has returned and I'm eating lunch with my current and past students. Feeling blessed.

Knowing your limits is very

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Knowing your limits is very important often schools or school system overload the same teachers with extra duties while other teachers " just teach and leave."

How do you stay so positive

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How do you stay so positive after 29 years?

10th grade English teacher from Cairo, New York

I absolutely agree with

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I absolutely agree with glendarobinson! WE need to stay united & take back our classrooms!

If this is happening all over

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If this is happening all over the country, why aren't WE doing something about it? Together WE would be a very formidable voice. WE need to take back the classroom!

4th Grade General Education Teacher, NJ

"Staying Positive in Trying

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"Staying Positive in Trying Times-" how true this article is. The standards NJ is going through currently and the new evaluation system is putting more pressure on educators. Being a young teacher, sometimes it is hard to balance all of the demands, and still create amazing lessons to engage our students. It was refreshing to read an article that acknowledges these challenges and validates that staying positive is important. The 8 points mentioned make perfect sense, keeping in mind to focus on what we can control.

Director, Antioch Center for School Renewal

The field of Positive

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The field of Positive Psychology and mindfulness is really relevant here. Harvard has a couple of interesting publications on the topic- Simple Changes, Big Rewards: A practical, easy guide for healthy, happy living and Positive Psychology: Harnessing the power of happiness, mindfulness, and personal strength. Both can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/q3swwuy

What I like about both of them is that they focus on the things that we can control when the rest of our lives seem so out of control. Worth a read.

5th grade teacher in Delaware

I recently wrote a post, "The

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I recently wrote a post, "The Happy Teacher".
http://oldschoolteach.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-happy-teacher.html#.Ukt3e...
After teaching for 29 years, it would be easy to wallow in sorrow, but I refuse to do so. I won't let anyone or anything steal my joy of teaching!:)

Love this post!! I've just

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Love this post!!

I've just gotten done reading "The Positive Energy Bus" and am finding that simply looking for the positives, seeing those little things, brings positive back my own way. I think that #1 is huge, finding those things that you love and running with them. I'm finding that the more I'm with this group, the more I want to be with this group, so I spend more time, period. Whether it be reading to them, playing outside, or working 1 to 1, their attitude is great for my own!

Thank you for sharing with us! :-)

Advanced Practitioner

This was really insightful.

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This was really insightful. Point 8 is, for me, a cultural issue.

I personally believe we as teachers need to be accountable for our own actions. Harsh words, I know, which don't seem to take into account the burdens and stresses/frustrations of teaching.

Excuse the "sell" but I posted a blog last night about what I term the "Teaching Yellow brick road". Very similar to the one you have posted.

Teaching is tough!

http://pedagoguespet.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/teaching-and-yellow-brick-ro...

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