So to all of my fellow educators, teachers, DREs, catechists...don't forget that we are in this together. As St. Paul says, "Fight the good fight!"
Running with my Armor of God theme for the year, here is the main bulletin board in our hallway:
I started with some cheapo army men from the Dollar Tree:
And with Toy Story in mind, made some of them parachute in like relief troops from heaven...
I really couldn't help but have a little fun with these army men, sitting all alone in my basement office...what advice would they offer us in this back to school season?
Here is what I picture them saying:
"Requisition school supplies NOW! Prices will be ten times as much next month."
"Be on the lookout for great ideas to borrow/steal from other people.
Teaching is not about reinventing the wheel. Teamwork and collaboration are your friends!"
"Learn, know, and rely on your textbook and curriculum guidelines/standards.
Then find a way to supplement them that is a little more out of the box and will make a greater impact."
"When the going gets rough, you can always call in reinforcements in the form of Larry and Bob from Veggie Tales."
"Never be intimidated by the stacks of paperwork. You will overcome."
"And always always always remember the coffee. Coffee and prayer will get you through!"