Sometimes We Just Have to Stop and Smell the Roses!

This is not a picture of a rose, but it does remind us that sometimes life gets so hectic that we forget to enjoy the little things around us that bring us joy!

That said, I am sharing a story as to WHY we all need to relax when Friday comes along!

At our in-service today, our principal shared this story to us. Have you heard it? If not, take some time to read it now!

(Author Unknown)
Have you heard about the next planned Survivor show?
  • Three businessmen and three businesswomen will be dropped in an elementary school classroom for 6 weeks.
  • Each business person will be provided with a copy of his/her school district's curriculum, and a class of 28 students.
  • Each class will have five learning-disabled children, three with A.D.D., one gifted child, and two who speak limited English. Three will be labeled as severe behavior problems.
  • Each business person must complete lesson plans at least 3 days in advance with annotations for curriculum objectives and modify, organize, or create materials accordingly.
  • They will be required to teach students, handle misconduct, implement technology, document attendance, write referrals, correct homework, make bulletin boards, compute grades, complete report cards, document benchmarks, communicate with parents, and arrange parent conferences.
  • They must also supervise recess and monitor the hallways. In addition, they will complete drills for fire, tornadoes, and shooting attacks.
  • They must attend workshops, (100 hours), faculty meetings, union meetings, and curriculum development meetings.
  • They must also tutor those students who are behind and strive to get their 2 non-English speaking children proficient enough to take the Terra Nova and EPA tests.
  • If they are sick or having a bad day they must not let it show. Each day they must incorporate reading, writing, math, science, and social studies into the program. They must maintain discipline and provide an educationally stimulating environment at all times.
  • The business people will only have access to the golf course on the weekends, but on their new salary they will not be able to afford it anyway. There will be no access to vendors who want to take them out to lunch, and lunch will be limited to 30 minutes.
  • On days when they do not have recess duty, the business people will be permitted to use the staff restroom as long as another survival candidate is supervising their class. They will be provided with two 40-minute planning periods per week while their students are at specials.
  • If the copier is operable, they may make copies of necessary materials at this time.
  • The business people must continually advance their education on their own time and pay for this advanced training themselves. This can be accomplished by moonlighting at a second job or marrying someone with money.
  • The winner will be allowed to return to his or her job.
THIS is why when Fridays come along, I take off my shoes, change into comfy clothes, order dinner, and watch a Netflix movie with my husband! Woo Hoo! I LOVE my job, but it is nice to take a little bit of time to relax!

Now...............Hop on over to Blog Hoppin to find some therapeutic ideas for relaxing when the time for smelling those roses comes along!



  1. I love that story - it's so so very true!! (Except we don't have the shooting training over the in the UK - that's a little scary!!)


  2. Our principal is great and when she shared this story, we all were nodding our heads and chuckling in between. When she finished, she said "This is why I appreciate all you do!" Yes, the shooting drills ARE a little scary... we still haven't perfected those.......hopefully we will never need them...... Thanks for commenting! I love comments!

  3. I would love to watch that show!! it would be nice to see if they could handle it! So many people say that teaching can't be that hard but they must never have spent too much time in a classroom.

  4. I know! We have so many responsibilities and get so little credit for all we do! But I would not trade my job for anything! I love what I do! I love my little people. They bring me much joy!