Each summer, as I recharge and catch up on my sleep, I try to find something - one, small thing: a video, a song, a poem, a moment from a movie, something - to get myself fired up for the coming school year.

For instance, last year, I got pretty motivated by the ShadowMan's line from The Princess and the Frog, "I've got voodoo; I've got hoodoo; I've got things I ain't even TRIED...!" [See below]
This summer, that has been harder than usual.

I didn't feel very successful last year. I taught pretty well and my students learned pretty well, but I didn't feel like I was really in my groove. I struggled with depression and had to say goodbye to several really talented colleagues who left my school in search of more money and respect. I finished the year pretty deflated.

So anyway, as I say, this summer, it's been tough to find that one piece of inspiration that I need in order to charge back into the classroom.

I like being really good at what I do. I like being able to inspire students. I like being able to make a difference.

About a week ago, someone turned me onto this video:
I think I'm starting to feel fire in my belly.

Brace yourself, MiddleSchoolers.

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