I know it’s hard; try to be brave!


My beginning of the year looks a little different from all the other teachers at my school.  The last ten years I’ve start out by assessing our kinders in Letter Identification, and then move to helping assess the new students to the school…I’ve had two full day meetings with the other specialists in the district, planning for writing rubric training…the list goes on and on just like everyone else.  We are never done, the list keeps rolling.

This year in our district it feels like an uphill battle, especially in our lower primary.  Class sizes in first grade have moved up to 34; we need 35, in each class, to open another section.  We are working without a contract…and class size is the most important item ‘on the table’.  I feel like there are audible sighs of weariness echoing through our school building after only one week.  My  plans for ‘wagging more and barking less’ seem almost like a broken promise that I’ve tried to make to myself and my friends.

On Thursday afternoon I heard yet another preschooler sadly sobbing in the hallway.  Suddenly, I heard this sweet voice of a kindergartener that I had just finished testing.

“I know it’s hard; try to be brave ! “he said to the very upset preschool child.

“Did I just hear that, or did I imagine it?” I thought.

Out of the mouth of a little boy who had just been at our school for only one week.

The preschooler stopped crying and I started.

Sage advice that I think  all of us need to move into our hearts.

“I know it’s hard; try to be brave ! ““I know it’s hard; try to be brave ! ““I know it’s hard; try to be brave ! “

XO nanc


About Nanc

lifelong teacher who is semi-retired (does this sound better?) who loves God, family and laughing... who hates social injustice... who wants to write every day... who needs to exercise every day... who blog hops... who wants to live her everyday life led by her savior, Jesus Christ!

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  1. The perfect advice and one little phrase that I see myself sharing with others (myself included!). Thank you for sharing – hang in there during this tough time. Moral is low and no one is feeling the love, but keep your head high: “I know it’s hard; try to be brave!”

  2. And another Positive Attitude quote to add to our list for the beginning of this new school year. A couple other posts talk about turning attitudes around…how wonderful to have those words coming from a kindergarten sage. It wouldn’t have meant nearly as much coming from a teacher!

  3. What a sweet story. I love that you are sharing advice from one of your kindies. Time for everyone to listen well, isn’t it? So sorry for the class size challenges. I thought that, at least for primary, had gone away. 34 students is a huge load for one to carry. Best wishes for a good start for you and your school!

  4. I liked your use of bold in this slice. It makes such a big difference to include quotes from kids in slices. I am glad you chose to highlight this.

    So is this your last year now? I was thinking that from your title with “2 years to go..” that last year was the second to last.

  5. Aren’t you glad you were there to hear that advice.Good words to keep echoing through our minds. Thirty-four in first grade? That’s awful! Thanks for the trail suggestion, I’m putting it on the to ride list.

  6. Oh, my-talk about destiny-you were in the right place at the right time hearing just what you needed to hear! I am sorry things are so difficult and starting off so rough-just keep the little guy’s remarks close to your heart…
    Thinking of you!

  7. This is sage advice and bears repeating.
    I’m sorry you face an uphill battle. I’m troubled by what I read about your primary classes. 34 in them, but 35 will create a new section. Those poor teachers and those poor kids. Ugh!
    Again, “I know it’s hard; try to be brave! “

  8. “I know it’s hard; try to be brave ! “

    I will listen to the advice of the child. I will be thinking about you and praying for you as you teach the children entrusted to you. Your class sounds huge. Oh my.

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