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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Teachers are role models!

I truly believe that every teacher just like every parent is a role model. Each day we stand in front of our students as an example of what an adult is. Our words and actions are powerful. So often we worry about how we present lessons, the look of our classroom, and meeting standards.

But what about what we say without words?

How we look and dress says a lot to our students as well. If we wear our hair in a ponytail every day just throwing it up in a rush out the door, what message are we sending to our students? If we wear wrinkled or worn-out clothes to school, what message are we sending to our students?

Research has shown that they way we present ourselves effects how much respect we will receive. Are you respected in your classroom? By your colleagues? By your parents? Or is the way you are choosing to dress affecting the level of respect you are receiving?

As part of my summer plans, I have decided to lose the weight that I have gained over the last year. A doctor appointment last week said it wasn't my fault. Always love that but it still doesn't help. Obesity levels are increasing in adults and children. Our activities level are decreasing and health issues are on the rise.

I always wonder what this means for our future. I heard recently that the live expectancy of our children will be lower than our own. This is the first time this has happened since life expectancy has been recorded. What we do as teachers matter, our health matters.

Check out these websites:

A Nation at Risk - My doctor recommended this as homework. It is really long but I learned so much about why we gain weight, the risk to children (which shocked me), childhood obesity causes at school (yes it starts in our schools!), and the little things we can do to make a big difference!

A Revolutionary Act - Another recommendation from my doctor. This is also an app. It is all about the little things that we MUST do to change our lives. My doctor says we live a life of convenience when in fact we need to live a life that is inconvenient.

I talked with my family about this and we have decided to try to walk 100 miles EACH by November first. So we will be going out for a walk each night and my sons are creating a bar graph to track our progress. Depending on how this goes, I may even challenge my students to walk 100 miles during the school year next year.

So.... what are you planning on doing this summer to inspire your students next year to be healthier and reach their maximum potential in all areas of their lives?

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At June 9, 2012 at 12:31 PM , Blogger Miss Nelson said...

Love this post! I need to lose some weight this summer too!

At June 9, 2012 at 12:53 PM , Blogger Mrs. M said...

I totally agree with you =) I'm trying to eat very clean and healthy this summer to give me extra energy. Such a good reminder for us...thanks for posting!


The Daily Cupcake…A Kindergarten Blog

At June 9, 2012 at 1:00 PM , Blogger Alyce said...

Great post. I like the idea of walking 100 miles by November, and challenging my students to walk 100 miles during the school year.

Mrs. Bartel’s School Family

At June 9, 2012 at 2:04 PM , Blogger April Walker said...

Great post! Maybe there should be a weekly link up to encourage each other through the summer to make good nutrition/fitness choices? This could be sort of like the "Monday Made It" linky at 4th Grade Frolics.

April @ The Idea Backpack

At June 9, 2012 at 4:59 PM , Blogger Kara said...

Great idea! I've started to work out more regularly and knowing that others are doing the same will help me stay on track :)

My coworker motivated his students to be more active by choosing several cool destinations and having his students collectively walk there by adding up the miles each walked. They plotted their progress on a map. I thought it was a fun way to do it!


At June 10, 2012 at 5:11 AM , Blogger Beth said...

Misty, I've started planning for The Guiding Readers Book Study and you mentioned you would like to be involved. Here is the link to the schedule if you are still interested.

Thinking of Teaching

At June 10, 2012 at 9:33 AM , Blogger Alana Gilliam said...

I completely agree! How we present ourselves in the classroom says so much. My dad is a principal and he is stickler for dress code and I guess I learned it from him. Especially since I teach junior high level where girls are making questionable choices of outfits, I make sure that what I wear is appropriate and respectable. I feel like one of my jobs is to show girls you can be pretty and be covered up.

At June 10, 2012 at 10:12 AM , Blogger Chrissy said...

My husband stumbled on "The Weight Of The Nation" series and our food choices have changed as a result. He doesn't have an issue with weight. But he lives with chronic pain, which has caused him to rethink how he exercises, etc. Me? I do need to get a grip on the creeping weight. Thanks for sharing this post. I'm going to print a map and track my miles!


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