One Day More

Happy Monday! Or is it? I'm in my chair after having my quiet time so tired that I quite literally feel the exhaustion running through my veins — heck it isn't even running, it is most likely just slogging through there. After a 24 hour up and back on Friday/Saturday to Edscape in New Jersey, I blistered my feet on the way home and couldn't walk yesterday to make it to church.

I've got school today with report cards going out this week and a staff meeting in just over an hour. Lots to teach and cover in the 3 days I'll be here this week before I do another up and back to Power UP in Chicago on Thursday – a conference targeted to elementary teachers.

But I'll be with my students at precisely this moment in 2 hours. We'll be talking about digital citizenship as we discuss the PBS series “Growing Up Online” and I know it will be a great conversation. I've missed the Flat Classroom project and Digiteen teacher meetings so I'll need to listen to those meetings in between everything else to get myself up to speed on what needs to be done.

Meanwhile 800+ emails sit there in my inbox waiting for me, I've got the freezer sale to organize, have to get ready to look for prom decorations, and have some prep work for these speeches to do. I'm sure I have a million things to do for Flat Classroom as well.

It is a new day, however, and life is too short to have a bad day. I can have a busy day, an exhausting day, a tiring day, but every day I'm alive is a good day- it has to be. So many wish for just one more day — this is mine, I get to live it — just one more day. You do too. You've got just one more day to make a difference and to reach these children.

Never let your tiredness or exhaustion cause you to write off a day with your students. Never pretend that pulling out a worksheet is a replacement for your active teaching in the classroom. Never think that you're not important because you are. A tired teacher is better than an alert substitute (unless you've got a very very good substitute.)

The Les Miserables musical has a song “One Day More” that I sing in my head on these days. The hope and optimism of one more day wondering what it will bring. We don't know if we'll have any more days, we really don't.

This is your day and you have one more of them. Make this day count. Be encouraging. Be positive. Teach well.

– Written on my iPad using Blog Press by Vicki Davis, author, Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds

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Vicki Davis

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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