Teachers, Heart to Heart

Happy Valentine’s Day!  

Today I’m joining Julie Faulkner and Lauralee Moss in celebrating Valentine’s Day with a “Heart to Heart” for teachers from teachers! 

Here are a few facts I’ve learned over the years while I’ve been teaching….

1.  No one who isn’t a teacher will completely understand:  They just cannot imagine the innumerable interactions we have with students every day.  Teachers are constantly making decisions with very little time to process and reflect on their choices. For instance, at the beginning of my classes, I will often have at least five students asking me questions at the same time:  “What did I miss yesterday?”  “Can you print my grade?”  “Can I go to the bathroom?”  “Are we going to do anything fun today” “Do I have to work in a group today?”   It is mentally fatiguing but certainly makes us stronger people! 

    2.  Students will take notice:  Do you have bags under your eyes today?  Did you change your hairstyle?  Is your tattoo showing?  No doubt, students will notice! I have a tattoo that I got about 20 years ago in college that is on the inside of my foot.  When I wear sandals, students often notice it.  I’ll be in the middle of teaching a lesson when a student will raise her hand and ask, “What’s that tattoo, Mrs. Patrick?”  This is not want I want to talk about in the middle of my lesson, but I can’t blame them.  I often tell them that it’s a tattoo from college that I probably wouldn’t get again, so they should think carefully and wait until they’re much older before they get one of their own!
A crescent moon and sorority letters on the inside of my foot.  Sorry for the wrinkles!
   3. This job is SO rewarding when students “get it”:  Many school days can feel tedious and our responsibilities can be frustrating, but it’s exhilarating when students get excited about their learning.  Recently, my Advanced Placement Literature students amazed me with their meaningful discussion of Snow Falling on Cedars.  Also, when my students beg to play trashketball or thank me for showing an inspiring TED Talk, it makes this the best job in the world!

Want to read other "Heart to Heart" posts from fabulous teacher bloggers?  Check the link below:


I Heart Maryland

As Valentine’s Day approaches, it reminds to appreciate all of the people and places I love.  

Born and raised in Maryland, I can’t think of a better place to live than near Ocean City. One reason I moved to this area is because I absolutely love visiting Assateague Island National Seashore all year round. The natural beauty always provides me with peace-of-mind. In fact, we hosted a cookout with friends and family for our wedding reception there.

Every summer, we enjoy bonfires on the beach with family and friends. Our dog Buster loves the beach and ocean, too! And of course, it’s always fun to see the wild ponies.


In celebration of Valentine’s Day, please enjoy a freebie resource that would be useful in a secondary ELA classroom (share it with a middle school or high school teacher friend if you teach elementary). This Common Core Writing Task Paired Passages lesson has students explore themes of love and devotion with close readings of O.Henry’s story, “The Gift of the Magi,” and Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poem, “How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways.”  You can download it for free during the blog hop (this promotion has now ended).

Also, don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the link below for a fabulous resource from my TpT store. 

You can also visit the other blogs from other Maryland TpT sellers and enter their giveaways at the link-up below.

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