A Bad Day at School is Still a Pretty Good Day.

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goodthingsIt’s that time of year where school employees are getting tired.

And cranky.

School is no longer new and exciting.

It can become old and draining.

The holiday breaks are right around the corner, but they can also seem so far away.

Students and the day-to-day pressures have a tendency to wear us out.

It becomes easy to focus on the never-ending almost unattainable challenges of education (am I the only one who feels like this?).

So, I think it’s time we all took a minute and made a list of good things that happen at school.

Because I don’t know about you, but I can always use some good news.

My List

1. Kindergarteners in art class

2. Corn Dogs (Thursdays!)

3. Recess

4. The last bell on Friday

5. 3-day weekends (does this count?)

6. Snow days

7. Watching the best 1st year teacher you’ve ever seen

8. 2nd graders losing their teeth (always considered an accomplishment)

9. Seniors getting accepted to college

10. Volunteers

11. Alumni who are so excited to tell you about their experiences in your school

12. Students who want to show you their report cards

13. Grants (I love these)

14. The days before a holiday (exciting… even after all these years)

15. About a 1,000 others things that I sometimes take for granted

Please feel free to make your own list. It really will make you feel better.

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9 Responses to “A Bad Day at School is Still a Pretty Good Day.”


  1. Michelle Howell-Martin
    on Oct 29th, 2011
    @ 1:02 pm

    A first grader poised enough to step in and do a live version of the 50 States song when the DVD doesn’t work.

    Learning to do something new and it works!

    Getting a nice e-mail from a former student.

    A hug from Eddie (first grader). Best. Hug. Ever.


  2. Karen Marcus
    on Oct 29th, 2011
    @ 2:38 pm

    1. Discovering a new strategy to use with a struggling reader you are tutoring.
    2. Seeing a former student from 31 years ago and she remembers you and gives you a big hug in the Food Lion.
    3. A new kindergarten teacher who says she wishes she could have taught with you.


  3. Audrey Noonan
    on Oct 29th, 2011
    @ 2:46 pm

    1.) Planning a new reading intervention and going to home depot to buy the supplies (They gave me the funniest looks!)

    2.) When the struggling student you’ve been helping finally seems to get it and explains it to another student

    3.) When the shy kid who always says I don’t know, even when you ask him what he did over the weekend, offers the best insight in your social studies class


  4. Marcus Byrd
    on Oct 29th, 2011
    @ 4:21 pm

    1. Watching student grades begin to rise as they are now motivated to bring them back up before the end of the semester

    2. Putting in extra work and the students appreciating it (rarely happens but it is really nice when it does) use this to do it- http://www.teacherade.com/2011/10/socrative.html

    3. Hearing students excited about “Chicken Finger Tuesday” and thinking I remember those days


  5. Michael Smith
    on Oct 30th, 2011
    @ 7:09 pm

    Thank you to all the people who email or tweeted and said they would use this in a staff meeting.

    Good luck.


  6. Sarah Powell
    on Oct 30th, 2011
    @ 7:31 pm

    I have really enjoyed reading some of your different blog post. Every post that I have read have been practical and interesting. When I read this post it made me feel better about being tired of school. I am ready for the holidays but I know that I need to stay positive. I like your way of staying positive. Instead of looking at all of the negative things I must look at all of the positive things.

    *I will be writing about my comment on my blog.


  7. Diego R.
    on Oct 30th, 2011
    @ 7:35 pm

    Great blog, well done.


  8. Donna
    on Oct 31st, 2011
    @ 5:29 am

    I love teaching……I was married to a principal….AND working in education IS a REAL job. There is already enough perception by the public that it is easy, let’s not fuel that fire.

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Donna, Secret is safe with me…

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