Today I start preplanning. The students start Thursday. Make no mistake, my school year starts today.


I am at the center of my own attitude. I own it, it is mine.

I can blame no one for “putting me in a bad mood” for this is My Att-I-tude.

The attitude of another is really an Att-U-Tude – it belongs to them. It is theirs.

While I cannot pretend that injustice does not exist or that wrong attitudes aren't there in others, I am not practicing self deception.

I am only saying that if I can keep a positive frame of reference. Hope. Joy in the small things. Focus on why I am here: to teach.

IF I can have a positive Att-I-tude my hope for a great school year has just multiplied exponentially.

My Att-I-tude is a delicate light bulb twisted into the receptacle of my heart. I must guard it. It is my light.

For the barbed words of others who have lost their own light shoot from their mouths trying to shatter this delicate Att-I-Tude of mine.

I can deflect the barbs of negativity by running away. I can deflect them by making a decision that this is my Att-I-tude and I will protect it.

Stresses abound and politics do too, but a great classroom starts with a teacher who has a great attitude. I have spent my life studying and learning for this moment but unless I think I can, all of that is for nothing.

Claim it: I am master of my own Att-I-tude and for my sake and the sake of my students, I will focus on what I CAN change: me and my classroom.

Let's start!

Remember your noble calling, teacher!

Note: Written this past Monday but due to a Blogger glitch could not post it then.
– Posted using BlogPress from Vicki's iPad

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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