Saturday, March 29, 2014

Need Some Positive Thoughts??

Ahhhhh...spring break!  Although we had several (5) snow days this winter which meant unexpected days off from school, there is nothing like a solid week of rest and relaxation.  This past week was a crazy one at school.  I know how I was feeling -- I can only imagine how my students felt.
Funny Workplace Ecard: The week before spring break for teachers..... Two words: CROWD CONTROL.

I saw this video this morning and it made me laugh.  It kinda sums it all up...Can you relate?
Anywho...All this craziness reminded me how important it is to stay positive and try to find the bright side in everything.  This can sometimes be a difficult thing to do.  By nature, I feel that I am more of a "glass half empty" than a "glass half full" person, but I am working HARD to change that.  

I wanted to share something I've been doing at school this year to help everyone feel a little more "positivity" in their life....Positive Thinking Thursdays!  Every Thursday, I print out a positive thought that I found on Pinterest and leave a bunch on the table in the teachers' lounge.  Throughout the day, teachers and staff visit the lounge and can take a positive thought with them if they'd like.  Here are some of the positive thoughts from this year so far:
Be gentle with yourself.  Yo're doing the best you can.  Breathe.  And be grateful for small blessings. ~ Vicki Reese
I am strong
Nelson Mandela Quote Posters (free printables in the blog post)

1/2 air 1/2 water technically, the glass is always full
This one I could really relate to!!

At first, I didn't think that Positive Thinking Thursday was a very big hit.  (Yes, a few even made fun of it...Those are probably the ones who need it the most.)  But now, I always hear nice comments about each week's thought, and I even hear teachers talking about the thought with their students.  (I love that we can also use these to teach inferring -- bonus!)  One of my fellow teachers even shared with me that she was out on Thursday at the dentist.  She said that while she was having her procedure done, realized that it was Thursday and wondered what the Positive Thought was for this week.  I love that!!!

I was thinking that we could take Positive Thinking Thursday global...How about if beginning this Thursday, I share my Positive Thinking Thursday thought on this blog and invite you to share yours as well? Start looking through Pinterest and see what you can find!  You can visit my Inspirations Pinterest board here if you'd like to start following me.  (I am addicted to pinning positive inspirations, much to the chagrin of my family who follows me!  :)

With that, I am going to link up with my good blogging buddy, Joanne at Head Over Heels for Teaching,  who fills my life with much positivity (and exclamation points!!) for her Spark Student Motivation linky party.  I know this post is not necessarily for students, but we all know that happy teachers = happy students so we need to take care of us too!
I hope you will visit again tomorrow for my weekly linky party, A Peek at My Week!  

Before I go...I'm having a Spring Cleaning SALE at my TPT store until Monday!  Happy Shopping!!
Have a great Saturday!


  1. We are totally on the same wave length right now! Just last night I was thinking how I wanted to write a few posts of just positive thoughts and encouraging words! Can't wait to join your Positive Thinking Thursday!!
    A Tall Drink of Water

  2. I love positive thoughts. I've been known to dwell on the negative, and these always bring me back down to Earth and humble me. It's nice to be reminded what's important and to keep life in perspective. Glad you're doing that for your staff. My staff could certainly use positive thoughts in spades!

    Teaching Powered by Caffeine

  3. I love your idea of Positive Thinking Thursday. It can be so easy to slide into negative thoughts, especially in this day and age, and especially in the teachers' lounge. I would love it if you would share the thoughts on your blog each week. Thank you!

    Fit to be Fourth

  4. We all need a bit of humor and inspiration, and I loved your post.

  5. This is a great idea! I think the teachers at my school could use this - especially as we wind down the year. Thanks!

  6. This is a fabulous idea! I think at this time of the year we could all use a little positive inspiration! I just might have to steal your idea! :)

    Adventures in 4th Grade

  7. This awesome! I love this! I think positivity is key in any situation. I am glad you are spearheading it at your school. Way to go! If you are interested- I have created positive reinforcement posters in TpT store (Ramona Recommends) for teachers to hang around the classroom. I also was at Barnes and Noble today and picked up 3 picture books that all focus around the theme of positivity. You can find me at @ramonarecommends
    Have a lovely day,


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