Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Who Do You Stand For....?

I don't ever really get all teacher sappy-dappy on the blog but today, I'm going there. 

Just a little bit.

I found this quote the other day and thought, I could not have said it better myself!

The end of every year is always bittersweet but I always choose to focus on the *sweet* part, also known as summer vaca knocking on my door!! But today, at our last staff meeting of the year, my principal had us all sit in a circle. Then she told us to think of that kid you had this year whose life you know you made an impact on. So we did. Simple enough, right? But then she told us she wanted us to take turns standing up and when we stand say, "I stand for _____________ because...."And one at a time we dutifully stood up around the room and shared which child in our building we were standing for this afternoon and why. When it was my turn to stand I started to speak and about 6 words in I got all choked up and I ended up having to cut my piece short because the more I tried to say the faster those tears seemed to come. I felt like such a goober because I was the first one to cry. But I must have encouraged the other blubber balls in the room to say their piece because after I stood up people seemed to follow the trend.  I silently thanked every one of them for not making me the only one to go there!!

By the time everyone had shared who they stood for the whole room was emotional. All the names that were spoken were the kids who had pushed us all the hardest, left us feeling the most frustrated, the ones who sometimes make you  me want to go drown my day in a big bottle of wine tequila. But they're also the ones that seem to steal little pieces of our hearts when they walk out of our rooms at the end of the year and onto the next.

So if you want to give yourself a brief feel good moment tonight ask yourself-

 Who would you stand for?


  1. Thank you for sharing that memorable moment. What a powerful thing for your principal to ask you. (I think I would have cried too.)
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  2. I adore Krissy Venosdale; she is on Twitter, @venspired. I had prints made of that quote image and gave them to the staff during my devotion week (Christian school :-).

    Tying up the year, as a staff, is so important. Your principal did an amazing thing for the staff! I hope you have a wonderful summer.

  3. This was an awesome post! What a cool activity you got to share as a staff! I sometimes feel that's exactly what we're missing at our school...everything is "business as usual" and we take all the humanity and personality out of a career that deals entirely with people! Wow....I'm going to pretend for a moment that I was a part of your staff meeting and just say 6 words, "Thanks Brock N. I stand for you!"

  4. What a wonderful post...thanks for the reminder. During this crazy time of the year I sometimes forget to take a moment to truly appreciate the job I do. Thanks for letting me take that moment with your post.

    ✰ Stacy

    Simpson Superstars

    1. I hope you don't mind but I'm posting this to instagram and pinning for other teachers so they can have their moment too.

  5. I would have been crying with you. This job is hard and full emotions. We must remember why we do what we do.
    My Second Sense

  6. My cousin send me the same quote! Love it! I am having a “Tour My Blog” linky party...stop by and link up! It is a great way for bloggers and their viewers to learn about your blog! I would love for you to join me!

    Bits of First Grade

  7. I love this quote! So inspirational :) Thanks for sharing!So glad I found you through the giveaway! Happy to be following :)


  8. I love this! Thanks for sharing! I found you through the giveaway link and with one day left to go...this quote was perfect!
    Two Friends In First

  9. First of all, you are NOT a goober! You're the real deal- a teacher who loves her kids :) Great quote to remind us what it's all about!
    Creating a Thoughtful Classroom