Today, I would like to blog about teacher morale. Webster defines morale as the mental or emotional condition (as of enthusiasm, confidence or loyalty) of an individual in regards to the function or tasks at hand.
Over the years, I have seen many a young teacher come into the profession filled with excitement and enthusiasm only to become disillusioned by large class size and a lack of favorable working conditions, not enough teaching materials, and lack of administrative support just to name a few

As I mentioned in earlier posts, I currently teach kindergarten in a private K-12 school. When I left the public school system, I took a significant pay cut for a teacher with an advanced degree and thirty-one years of experience. Has the lower salary had an affect on my morale? I would have to answer a resounding no! As a matter of fact, it has improved significantly for the following reasons:

  • My school seeks to serve as a model Christ-centered college preparatory school. 
  • Lower class size allows me to provide more individualized instruction.
  • There is a great deal of parental support.
  • My Principal stands behind her teachers and supports their authority in enforcing policy.
  • There is a lack of unnecessary teaching duties.
  • My school has a clear vision, mission and philosophy.
  • I can have prayer with my students.
  • My Principal guards our instructional time.
  • We have very favorable working conditions.
  • It is wonderful to work with inspirational teachers who are strong Christian role models for students.

Today, I strive to keep the freshness and spark that I had as a new teacher while using the wisdom and knowledge I have acquired through experience over the last thirty-four years. Sometimes my body doesn't always cooperate such as when I play dodge-ball or basketball with my students the way it used to. I don't recall hearing it creak when I jumped rope when I was in my twenties. Fortunately, my spirit doesn't waiver.  I feel so blessed to be working in a place that provides a strong biblical and educational foundation for each student.


Speaking of inspiration,  I have been inspired by many fine bloggers who are simply blogtastic in every sense of the word. Just like teachers, I think a great blogger needs to be recognized for for his or her efforts as well. 

I would like to present to you my blog roll of outstanding and inspirational blogs. My recipients don't have to answer any questions about themselves. All they have to do is keep writing in their wonderful individual styles. I would encourage you to visit them.

Ellen In America
All God's Creatures
Single Mom In A Complicated World
I've Become My Mother
Wool n' Nuts
A Teacher's Faith
The Four Scarbarys
Debbiedoos
Daily Gems From God's Jewelry Box
Hope's Breath
A Shimmy In My Spirit
This Is The Day
A Substitute Teacher's Saga
On My Own
Life Homeade
Pure Joy
Kbladosdesign
Living My Life, Whatever
Love To Teach




97 comments

  1. Ms. Anthropy // March 18, 2010 at 10:31 PM  

    I'm loving what I'm seeing here!

  2. Shelly Terrell // March 18, 2010 at 10:36 PM  

    I think teacher appreciation is especially needed with the state of education. Teachers are being fired and used as scapegoats for policy that failed to improve learning outcomes. Thank you!

  3. Niki // March 18, 2010 at 10:36 PM  

    Oh, thank you for your offer! :o) I am truly touched. I will choose a picture and send it to you. How wonderful!

    Many thanks
    XX

  4. Debbie // March 18, 2010 at 10:47 PM  

    You truly love your job!~ And that is so nice to hear after 34 years of teaching. On a side note....I am so humbled of your mention!!~ Thank you so very much. I am having fun sharing my stories,my family and my home. I guess you can say, I love my job too....all of them:) I am going to check out the other inspirations you mentioned...

  5. Bernie // March 18, 2010 at 10:49 PM  

    Thank you for the shout out my friend.
    I love that you love your job, it really shows but I love most of all that you are so appreciative of being able to pray with the children....gosh this really left a mark on my heart, the school, the children, their parents and all those being touched by you and teachers like you are so blessed.
    ........:-) Hugs

  6. Kelly L // March 19, 2010 at 12:33 AM  

    Thank you very much for your kind words. You also inspire me. My girls will be leaving their Christian school at the end of this school year. I pray that the lessons they learned thus far will serve as a fire in their belly to want to continue on in their faith and love of Jesus Christ. Having a christian home also helps. I do know that I will miss the faith based teaching and sense of community but I also believe that God wants us to reach out and bring others to Him - by example and love.

    Love to you.
    Kelly

  7. Frugal Vicki // March 19, 2010 at 1:15 AM  

    Okay, I wish my son had a teacher like you from beginning to end. I KNOW it shouldn't bug me because he goes to a rec center preschool, but the fact that I ask EVERY SINGLE DAY how my son is interacting with other kids, yet this teacher chose to tell my husbands employee that he doesn't like other kids to touch him bothers me. Especially since this isn't typical of my son.
    So, I loved your post, and I am just still in the bitter barn, and I wish every teacher cared as much about what they do. I also wish I had pursued this in college, because now I will have to pay for the schooling when my kids get older.

  8. VKT // March 19, 2010 at 9:00 AM  

    Thanks Ms Anthropy! I will be over to check yours out after school. Have a wonderful day!

  9. Kristin // March 19, 2010 at 9:29 AM  

    I went to a K-12 Christian school and loved it! Wanted to be back there, but for now money is the greater concern for survival. My husband teachers at the same Christian school and he has such a wonderful experience. I use my moment of silence to pray for my kid's (of course in my head) and I think it helps my day a little :)

    And thanks for the shout out to my blog!

  10. Terri // March 19, 2010 at 9:33 AM  

    You are so sweet and such an inspiration! I have a SIL and a niece that teaches. One is a private k3 teacher and one a public 3rd. The private teacher started out in public and stayed for 3 years and quickly got out! My neice is in her 2nd year and hates it! She said the same thing that you were talking about .... being on fire after graduation and that fire being quickly put out! I am going to tell her about your blog so she can be encouraged! You have such a sweet spirit about you .... I would love to know you in person... but I will take this blog!!! Thanks for the shout out about my blog ! Have a wonderful weekend!

  11. Brenda // March 19, 2010 at 9:35 AM  

    There are two, for certain, occupations where I know there must be a "calling" to do the job. One is nursing, the other is teaching. It takes special people to do these jobs and I have the utmost admiration for those who follow their "calling".

  12. VKT // March 19, 2010 at 9:40 AM  

    Debbie,

    It is such a treat every day for me to stop by your blog. I never know what gem or giggle you are going to share! Your blog is blogtastic!!

  13. VKT // March 19, 2010 at 9:41 AM  

    Shelly,

    Isn't it a shame that so many administrators have absolutely no clue how much a little appreciation would mean to teachers?

  14. VKT // March 19, 2010 at 9:42 AM  

    Great Niki! For you,anything sweet lady!

  15. VKT // March 19, 2010 at 9:44 AM  

    Bernie,

    You are absolutely blogtastic! I would love to meet you one day sweet lady. You are one of God's precious gems!

  16. VKT // March 19, 2010 at 9:47 AM  

    Sweet Kelly,

    What a difference a Christian home makes! Blessings to you, you blogtastic lady you!

  17. VKT // March 19, 2010 at 9:51 AM  

    Vicki,

    A teacher should NEVER discuss a child with any parent other than his or her own. There is absolutely no excuse for that. I have had parents come into my classroom in past years to ask about someone else's child. My response is always the same. You would not want me to discuss your child with another parent, so I know you can understand why I will not be discussing this child with you. That has always nipped it in the bud.

  18. Cop Mama // March 19, 2010 at 9:57 AM  

    Following you back! Nice to meet you :-)

  19. GregoryJ // March 19, 2010 at 10:50 AM  

    Thank you for the shout. I'll try to live up to it.

  20. VKT // March 19, 2010 at 11:05 AM  

    Thanks Cop Mamma!

  21. VKT // March 19, 2010 at 11:05 AM  

    Ah Gregory, you already do! Your blog is so much fun to read....what better definition of blogtastic than yours?

  22. VKT // March 19, 2010 at 11:50 AM  

    Kristin,

    You are going to be an awesome teacher sweet lady! Your blog is definitely blogtastic.....and I enjoy reading it every day....blessings!

  23. ellen // March 19, 2010 at 1:53 PM  

    Thank you so much for this post. It is true, I also think less money will not influence your morale. And thank you for mentioning my blog. I feel humbled. Have a great weekend and I look forward to your new, inspirational post.

    Ellen
    www.elleninamerika.com

  24. Halley // March 19, 2010 at 2:15 PM  

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and becoming a FF'er!! I am excited to be blogging friends...I am your newest folloer. My third will be in K next year and I am homeschooling her...my first to homeschool. I think you'll be a helful resource! :-)

    Happy FF!
    Halley from MissionDrivenMom

  25. Theresa Milstein // March 19, 2010 at 2:27 PM  

    I'm glad you found a place you love to teach, even with the cut in pay. I wish all public schools could give students attention, and teachers adequate support and small classes.

    Thanks for mentioning my blog. I'll check out the other blogs.

  26. VKT // March 19, 2010 at 3:47 PM  

    Halley,

    Let me know if I can ever help you in any way in your homeschooling venture!

  27. VKT // March 19, 2010 at 3:48 PM  

    Theresa,

    Your blog is simply blogtastic! It deserves recognition!

  28. VKT // March 19, 2010 at 3:50 PM  

    Ah Brenda, I do love my job! It is so rewarding!

  29. Jamie // March 19, 2010 at 4:17 PM  

    Such a great post! my parents are both teachers so I totally understand this. They love working in their Christian schools as well. I'm trying to find a good Christian pre-school for my daughter but in the mean time will do a little bit of homeschooling! Thanks for the shout out! i think your blog is blogtastic as well!

  30. VKT // March 19, 2010 at 4:26 PM  

    Blessings to you Jamie! I love your blog and will pray that you find just the right school for your daughter.

  31. Kristy Jecklin // March 19, 2010 at 4:36 PM  

    Thanks for the follow! You have a wonderful blog! I'm not your newest follower!

    Kristy
    www.savingforthemouse.blogspot.com

  32. Rene W. // March 19, 2010 at 4:55 PM  

    It's so great to see a teacher who loves her job, especially after investing so much time in it. It's important to recognize those whom we truly appreciate. :) Have a fantastic weekend!

  33. Robyn Campbell // March 19, 2010 at 5:14 PM  

    Love your blog. I'm following from Friday follow. I write children's picture books and MG novels. Happy weekend. =)

  34. Marvelous Mommy // March 19, 2010 at 5:20 PM  

    Thanks for stopping by! I'm your newest follower!

  35. Niki // March 19, 2010 at 5:22 PM  

    aww Thank you!! This has brought on another round of tears hehe, I was so emotional over your sketch offer that I jumped straight on to your comment part to thank you and totally missed reading your post! Many thanks again. You are very special, wish I had a teacher like you in my school days :o))

  36. VKT // March 19, 2010 at 5:28 PM  

    Thanks Kristy! Have a wonderful week-end!

  37. VKT // March 19, 2010 at 5:29 PM  

    Thanks Mommy....that is simply marvelous!

  38. VKT // March 19, 2010 at 5:30 PM  

    Niki,

    I love your blog and am looking forward to sketching your cat for you. I thank you for being so absolutely blogtastic!

  39. OutnumberedMama // March 19, 2010 at 5:53 PM  

    Great post! I am here to return your FF! Have a great weekend!

  40. H // March 19, 2010 at 5:53 PM  

    Thanks for following! I'm following back from Friday Follow. Have a great weekend!

  41. Choices // March 19, 2010 at 6:09 PM  

    Hi VKT,
    First thank you for the mentioning my blog. How nice of you. I love coming to this blog because you are an inpiration to all teachers. Many teachers who I have come in contact after 30 plus, are so burnt out. It is so refreshing to hear you say, "I love my job!" I can say also that I love teaching as well.

  42. VKT // March 19, 2010 at 6:16 PM  

    Thanks Outnumbered Mama! You too!

  43. VKT // March 19, 2010 at 6:17 PM  

    Choices,

    I know you do sweet lady and that is why I think your blog is blogtastic!!

  44. B Sparkly // March 19, 2010 at 6:40 PM  

    Thank you for following my blog:) I'm now following back.
    Have a great weekend!
    Anat

  45. veterankindergartenteacher // March 19, 2010 at 6:49 PM  

    Thanks B Sparkly. I look forward to getting to know you.

  46. mavericks_mommy // March 19, 2010 at 6:54 PM  

    Thanks for following me!!

    Im following you back!


    Mavericks Mommy

  47. Cindy Geilmann // March 19, 2010 at 7:17 PM  

    I am so happy to hear so many positive things about your school. Both of my parents were in education. My husbands parents were in education. 6 or 7 family members are in education.

    I love that prayer is alowed in your school. I don't think anything can function good without god.

    I'm glad you are sharing your feelings with us on a blog.

    come visit
    hugs
    cindy@stitches

  48. VKT // March 19, 2010 at 7:30 PM  

    I do Cindy! I don't always leave a message but I visit regularly. Blessings!

  49. Tethered Mommy // March 19, 2010 at 8:01 PM  

    I am returning the favor of a follow. Thanks for visiting!

    Maggie at tethered mommy dot com
    www.tetheredmommy.com

  50. VKT // March 19, 2010 at 8:09 PM  

    I look forward to getting to know you.

  51. Kim // March 19, 2010 at 8:35 PM  

    Am now following you back - I think I'm going to really like your blog!

  52. Erin // March 19, 2010 at 8:43 PM  

    I was one of those young teachers who left after three years for those exact reasons. I showed up my first day thinking I'd been hired to teach one subject and was handed something completely different. I was told I had to teach my kids in Spanish and that I had to lower my D to a 30% so that less of them would fail. I admire those that can stick with it but it was not for me.

  53. Barbra Stephens // March 19, 2010 at 8:51 PM  

    I think that's a lovely post...It's the inspiration for The Honorable Mention as well....
    The 'last' award given out to those having the most honor.....us teachers!
    Thanks and I'm glad there are so many supportive loving people out there with 'teaching hearts'.

  54. apennysavedtoday.com // March 19, 2010 at 8:59 PM  

    Trying to drop by some of the blogs that follow me to touch base. I moved over to wordpress and apparently it didn't go quite as seamlessly has we had planned .... so dropping off the new site address and hoping to see you drop by to resubscribe, and comment! Have an awesome weekend!

    Jen @ A Penny Saved

    http://apennysavedtoday.com

  55. Cher // March 19, 2010 at 10:44 PM  

    Stopping by to say Hi and Happy Follow Friday! Now following you!
    I have a whole bunch of giveaways going on if you wanted to check them out!

    Visit Mama’s Money Savers

  56. VKT // March 20, 2010 at 12:29 AM  

    I am sorry you had such a bad experience Erin.

  57. Beth Chapman // March 20, 2010 at 12:47 AM  

    From my hero, your recognition is most humbling. You inspire daily, you teach, you write, you mold, you create our future and you do so with love, humor and hope. You have left me with only my little "Thanks" and the hope that you know how precious your footprints and encouragement have meant. Not to mention how often you make me smile. I am honored.

  58. Sara // March 20, 2010 at 12:57 AM  

    Thank you so much for following me. I am your newest follower and am very interested in yoru blog. My sister is a preschool teacher and my mom use to be a k-4th grade teacher, so I have utmost respect for teachers!

  59. Alicia // March 20, 2010 at 2:13 AM  

    You sound like a wonderful teacher! I'm sure your students and parents are blessed to have you!!

  60. Nicole // March 20, 2010 at 2:42 AM  

    Wow!! Such a great blog!! I was a teacher (grade six) before opting to stay home with my kids -in a private school as well so I can very much relate to your post.

    Following you back from the Friday Follow!

    Nicole @ My Real Review

  61. Julie // March 20, 2010 at 8:13 AM  

    Teachers do need more understanding and compassion for all that they do for our students. One of my best friends is a teacher and my aunt is so I know how things work and how hard they are at times. Being on my side of the fence I wish our public schools were more like Christian school or charter schools but that will never happen. But we can keep hoping and wishing.
    Thank you for stopping by my blog. Take care and have a blessed weekend.

  62. LouAnne // March 20, 2010 at 8:44 AM  

    I've spoken with so many public school teachers who feel they are simply working in shackles; unable to get anywhere with their students even if they wanted to. I'm thankful you work in an environment that fosters learning by inspiring teachers. I think if your blog was required reading for continuing ed for all teachers, we might see the "lighting of fire" in teachers everywhere!

    Thank you for including me (a big time newbie) in your list! I feel so honored!!

  63. VKT // March 20, 2010 at 9:57 AM  

    Beth,

    I love your blog. It truly is blogtastic. You are such a gifted writer and I always look forward to seeing what you have created out of the written word.

  64. VKT // March 20, 2010 at 9:57 AM  

    Thanks Nicole. Have a wonderful week-end!

  65. VKT // March 20, 2010 at 10:02 AM  

    Dear Julie,

    I found it such a shame as the years went by to see what our elected officials did to the public schools. I remember when we had daily devotions over the intercom and could talk about Christmas or Easter.
    It is interesting to me how our society fails to make the connection when they cry out about the disintegration of the public schools. Blessings!

  66. VKT // March 20, 2010 at 10:04 AM  

    LouAnne my dear,

    Remember I am a newbie too. I just started this blog at the end of January on a snow day. I think your blog is blogtastic because I always feel good after I read it. You write in a style that helps me get to know you. Blessings sweet lady!

  67. VKT // March 20, 2010 at 10:05 AM  

    Thanks Alicia! I know you feel blessed to have that adorable little boy! Have a wonderful week-end!

  68. Veronica Lee // March 20, 2010 at 11:00 AM  

    The kids are really blessed to have you as their teacher.

    Love your blog.

    Following on FF.

  69. Andrea // March 20, 2010 at 11:14 AM  

    Thank you! You are too sweet. Sitka and I are both honored!
    Hugs,
    andrea

    Woofs and Wags,
    Sitka

  70. Midday Escapades // March 20, 2010 at 11:16 AM  

    Agreed. We used to have teacher appreciation week in elementary school.

  71. VKT // March 20, 2010 at 11:51 AM  

    Thanks Veronica...have a wonderful week-end.

  72. VKT // March 20, 2010 at 11:52 AM  

    Andrea,

    Your faith is a blessing to all who read your blogs. Have a wonderful week-end.

  73. VKT // March 20, 2010 at 11:54 AM  

    Midday,

    Even a simple note is a great way to show appreciation...to anyone! I always try to thank my parents for their assistance in the classroom. They are soooooooo appreciated!

  74. Jenny // March 20, 2010 at 12:02 PM  

    What a wonderful blog and a wonderful post.

    I'll be back.

  75. K∂riиє* Smith. // March 20, 2010 at 12:21 PM  

    Hi There,
    Following you now, too!

    Cheers!

    http://kaestoueu.blogspot.com/

  76. VKT // March 20, 2010 at 12:23 PM  

    Thanks Jenny!

  77. VKT // March 20, 2010 at 12:24 PM  

    Cheers to you as well K∂riиє* Smith

  78. Mom et al // March 20, 2010 at 1:01 PM  

    Hi, returning the Friday follow. Thanks for stopping by!

    Mom-et-al.com

    -Maria

    /

  79. VKT // March 20, 2010 at 1:04 PM  

    Thanks! Have a great week-end!

  80. Xmas Dolly // March 20, 2010 at 1:23 PM  

    thanks for stopping at my blog I'm returning the follow. Looks like a very interesting blog you have here. I'll be back to read more. Have a great weekend.

  81. Cynthia at A Shimmy In My Spirit // March 20, 2010 at 2:58 PM  

    Thank you so very much. I am deeply honored. I love having met you via our blogs. Keep On Dancing.

  82. Losing in the City // March 20, 2010 at 4:19 PM  

    I so love this post! my sister is a science teacher in Maryland and i hear from her first hand the challenges that teachers have to deal with.. but still teachers like her and you continue to be inspired to keep doing the great work that you do... to all teachers thank you for everything that you have done to get us all where we are today...

    p.s. thanks for stopping by yesterday... really appreciated..

  83. Lisa // March 20, 2010 at 4:46 PM  

    Hi,
    Thank-you for the Friday Follow.
    I am following you now too.
    Have a great weekend.
    http://www.lisasglutenfree.com
    http://misc-oceansky.blogspot.com

  84. VKT // March 20, 2010 at 6:34 PM  

    Thanks Xmas Dolly! Have a wonderful week-end!

  85. VKT // March 20, 2010 at 6:34 PM  

    Cynthia Dear,

    Your blog is absolutely blogtastic. I love it!

  86. Semi-Slacker Mom // March 20, 2010 at 7:44 PM  

    Great post. My children attend a private school much like the one you described.
    I was an education major, but after 1 semester of shadowing (in public school) I changed my major.

  87. Sue // March 20, 2010 at 9:28 PM  

    thanks for stopping by & following me - following you back :)

  88. Ron Cooper // March 20, 2010 at 10:29 PM  

    Thanks for stopping by today...I'm following you now!

    Ron

  89. Debbie(single;complicated) // March 20, 2010 at 10:41 PM  

    Thank you for this!! Your encouragement and kind words always mean so much! Thank you!!!

  90. VKT // March 20, 2010 at 10:44 PM  

    I am glad your children had a great experience Semi-Slacker Mom. I wish your experience in education could have been just as great.

  91. VKT // March 20, 2010 at 10:45 PM  

    Thanks Sue.

  92. VKT // March 20, 2010 at 10:45 PM  

    Thanks Ron. Have a blessed week-end!

  93. VKT // March 20, 2010 at 10:46 PM  

    Debbie dear,

    Consider me one of your cheerleaders. I have so much admiration and respect for you. Your blog is most definitely blogtastic sweet lady!

  94. Xmas Dolly // March 21, 2010 at 11:05 PM  

    Hi there, thanks for stopping at my blog again. Glad you enjoyed my post today. I just had to share that today being Sunday, I just thought it was appropriate ~chuckle~! Well, have a good week. Come back any time. I'll be back here soon. I'm a transcriptionist & I'm a bit behind on work. So gotta fly! Take care my new friend!

  95. VKT // March 22, 2010 at 7:46 AM  

    Thanks Dolly,

    I am enjoying getting to know you!

  96. Stacey // March 22, 2010 at 1:06 PM  

    You are pretty awesome yourself. I love following you too! You make me smile!
    And we really need to be praying for our teachers. One lady in my church is losing her job after many years, cleaning out the old, getting in the new (and less expensive) one. So sad!

  97. Tracie // March 22, 2010 at 3:32 PM  

    I'm wondering if private school might be a good option for my kiddos. It sounds like a great working environment for the teachers.