I’m so glad that you’ve continued to enjoy our classroom blog throughout the summer–the blog statistics tell me that many of you still do! Thanks for visiting! I hope you always feel free to come back and visit–both the blog and ME in person! 🙂 While you still have a couple of lovely weeks of summer, I go back to school next week, so I’d like to publish my last summer post now.
I’m sure many of you are SO excited, nervous, and a lot of other emotions about starting Jr. High–I know I sure was! I just want to remind you of a few pieces of advice we discussed last year, most of which are from my favorite researcher, Brene Brown:
*Remember that cool is an “emotional straightjacket,” and that it takes way more courage to be yourself! (from Brene Brown).
*Remember that you are WAY more than just a number! (remember how we discussed this sad-but-funny comic below? The left side is so much more important!)
*This is something I recently discovered from reading Brene Brown’s book, Daring Greatly, but it’s along the same lines of our discussions last year: Remember the difference between fitting in and belonging:
“Belonging is being accepted for you. Fitting in is being accepted for being like everyone else.”
“Belonging…doesn’t require us to change who we are; it requires us to be who we are.”
(Brown, Brene. Daring Greatly. New York: Gotham Books, 2012. Print.)
*Remember this fantastic quote by Theodore Roosevelt about giving it all you’ve got!
*And don’t forget to exchange this expression whenever your teachers say to find a partner! 🙂
Good luck, and enjoy the rest of your summer!