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]
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:
Brace yourself, MiddleSchoolers.