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Tired Dogs Don’t Stay Afloat


A job where, if you didn’t know better, you’d think a teacher always has his or her act together…

If, in fact, you’re either married, related to, or are friends with a teacher, you’ll probably agree that, at times, teachers resemble this…

Because his or her desk actually looks like this…

I’ve learned an important lesson this week…one that you’ll probably give a loud, DUH to…

Without rest, a even a dog can’t stay afloat.

For over a year now, my friend, Barbara, has sounded like a broken recorder…”Get some sleep.”  She’s seen my 1am Facebook posts.


There just never seems to be enough hours in the day.

Here’s the thing though.

Where teaching is concerned, God could have created 48-hour days, and it wouldn’t have made a difference.

There still wouldn’t be enough time to finish everything that needs to be done.



AuburnChick will never completely mark everything off of her to-do list.

Oh, and you want to hear another revelation?

Everything won’t be perfect either.

Yeah, I know.

Teaching isn’t the ideal profession for a perfectionist/control freak.

It is the right job for the perfectionist/control freak who learns that sometimes, just sometimes, doggy paddling is o-k-a-y.

As long as you love your students enough to teach them something new (standards-based, of course), then you’ve done more than stay afloat.

You’ve helped a student (or two or three, if it’s a good day) infuse knowledge into their precious little minds and taught them how to think critically about the subject you teach and, more importantly, about life at large.

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