Thursday, December 17, 2015

Aspire to Inspire

Aspire to Inspire. That's the dream isn't? As educators, we sign a contract every spring and commit to a yearlong journey of inspiring others to be a better version of themselves on a daily basis. We aspire in inspire. 

We aspire to inspire the math student to grapple with a math problem until she can not just get the right answer, but explain how and why she took the steps that she did.

We aspire to inspire the student learning a new language to start a conversation with his peers.

We aspire to inspire the quiet child to try share her thoughts with the class. 

We aspire to inspire the student who is failing a class to make sure that school attendance is a priority. 

We aspire to inspire the student who tends to make poor behavioral choices to stop and think before reacting to a situation.

We aspire to inspire a colleague to try a new teaching strategy or a new technology device in order to keep his instructional delivery relevant for the class. 

As we wind down the first half of the school year, you may feel drained from all the inspiring you do on a daily, sometimes, hourly or moment-by-moment basis. 

Photo by: @BethanyLigon (Dec 2015)

Take time for yourself during your time away from school this Christmas season. Sleep in, read a book, go for a walk, hug a child or get your face licked by a puppy. Take time to savor your favorite holiday sweet and watch a cheesy movie that makes you laugh. 

Make sure that you are rejuvenated because your yearly journey is only halfway through and when you return to classes in January, you have a lot of inspiring to do.

Thanks for all you do! It doesn't go unnoticed.

Offering my BEST to you,


  1. Thank you B for continuing to love us and help us. Thank you for coming home to eat with us too. Miss you more than you can imagine!

  2. Great post, Bethany. Our aspirations are weighty, so it's always nice to set them down for a spell. Happy holidays! May your load be light for a little while. :)

    1. Thank you Michelle.
      I find that it usually takes me a few days of not working in order to unwind. And now that Christmas has been celebrated I can really take advantage of not having much of a "to do" list.

      Best wishes!