September 4, 2012

Excuse me while I VENT!

Picture this...

It's been a L-O-N-G day.  The kind of day where you arrive at school an hour early and stay three hours late.  The kind of long day that can only happen after a three day weekend and you simply have to get your affiars all sorted out.

It wasn't a bad day...just a long day.  Are ya with me?

Then, I get out my phone to check my email.  I'm giddy because I have new comments on my blog and I love comments.

Ah... but perhaps I should rephrase my last statement.  I love productive, supportive, encouraging comments.

Just look at what showed up in my mailbox today.

Can you read it?  It is kind of small.

In response to my classroom paint makeover it says:

Was far better before; the colours were much more causative to learning. Now it just looks dull, and will not have as positive an influence on your students as before. Fail.

Hmmm....WHAT?  Did I read that correclty?  Does that say FAIL?!? Are you kidding?  Is that a joke?!

I'm  was speechless when I read it. I'm all for voicing your opinion and that's totally cool if you are not a fan of my color scheme, but my goodness.... FAIL?

And honestly, I thought my teaching skills were more causative to the learning that goes on in my classroom...not my wall color. I'm just sayin'....

Let's take a quick look at the before and after pictures.

Before

After

After

Anywhooo, I 'm sorry they found it dull.  I find it quite nice and the anchor charts and student work that go up on those walls really stand out now.

I guess what really gets me is that I'm just so surprised someone would write such an unkind comment. Why do it? They could have expressed their opinion a million different ways without being so negative. Fail?!?  Humph. I just can't get over that last word.

I had to play like 10 rounds of SongPop just to recover.

Well, that and...vent on my blog. But, I'm better now. Thanks for listening.

So, in conclusion, please do leave comments, but please don't leave anything that would ruin my day. 

I'm a teacher.  I have enough things to worry about besides filtering my comments.

Let's pass on the positive, highlight the creative, and continue to encourage and inspire each other one comment at a time. 


31 comments:

  1. I think your room looks great! More importantly, you seem like an awesome teacher!!! Your ideas are wonderful, and I love your blog!

    Kelly
    Teaching Fourth

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  2. What is it that we tell our students EVERY DAY?

    If you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all.

    Sheesh.

    Laura
    Will Grade For Coffee

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    1. Also. In my exhausted ways, it occurred to me that that might sound like it's directed at you. It's not. That's my bad.

      I'm just shocked that someone would be that rude!

      Laura
      Will Grade For Coffee

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    2. True story Laura! That rule of thumb has been around forever. No worries about your comment. I knew what you meant. :) ~Amanda

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  3. Don't listen to that dummy. They probably just wanted to get a rise out of you! Don't let them do it!!!

    Once my roommate in college took a class about conflict (or something) and one thing that I learned from her class is that only you control your feelings! Just forget this person and choose to love your room and love yourself!!! Don't let it get ya down. :)

    Marvelous Multiagers!

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    1. Thanks Jill! I've recovered. I was just so darn shocked!! Your comment reminded me of the famous quote from Eleanor Roosevelt, "Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent." Great advice and good words to live by. Thanks for the support. ~Amanda

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  4. If students are supposed to acquire their learning through the color and decoration of our walls, what's the point in even having teachers? ;) hahaha oh people.

    Chin up, don't let one silly person ruin your night! Just think...for every one person like that, there's got to be at least a dozen of us who think you are amazing. So stick with us! :)

    Stephanie
    Maestra Bilingue

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    1. Our job would sure be easier if I just needed the right color paint. :) Thanks for the support Stephanie!

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  5. Awww, that's awful! I think your classroom looks great (and am envious that you can paint your walls!) That fact that your students work stands out more is awesome, as showcasing their work is the point!

    Don't listen to nasty old anonymous and keep doing what your doing!

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

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    1. Thanks Kaitlyn! I'm just going to keep on chugging. :)

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  6. This is not youtube. I can't believe someone would be so rude here. Is this person a teacher? cause if so they should know better :-(
    Adventures in Room 5

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  7. I saw a really ugly comment on another blog that I had commented on. It was something about how horrible that person was and they would never read that blog again. My guess is that it is the same person, just someone that enjoys stirring up trouble. I would not take it as being targeted to you. I would block anonymous commenters!!!

    Megan

    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

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  8. That is absolutely ridiculous!!!! Your room looks wonderful and maybe Anonymous should go work at Home Depot if he/she is so good with colors and knows so much about them! So stupid. Don't let it bother you!!! At all!!!!!

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  9. As a faithful reader of your blog, I can say that you have the luckiest students around. They would be inspired if you were teaching in a dungeon!

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  10. Let's just hope that person is not a teacher! If so, I feel so sorry for the students :(

    I happen to love your pictures. :)

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  11. Thank you everyone! Your support means the world to me and I appreciate all your super sweet comments. I think I was less bothered by the actual comment and more bothered my the tone and underlying meanness of the comment. I've recovered and all your comments turned my night into a great one! Thank you, thank you!!

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  12. OMG! That person needs to get a life! You're right, if they don't like it then don't say anything. No need to ruin anyone's day! Go on with your bad self!

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  13. Dear friend,
    Wow! All I can say is WOW. I am so sorry that someone sent you this comment. First, your room looks great. Second, I know you personally and I KNOW that you are a fabulous teacher. Your students are so fortunate to have you as their teacher. What a blessing the teaching world got when you decided to go into education. I just simply can't believe that someone would write this. How awful. Love and miss you lots!!

    Hugs,
    Jessica

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  14. How dumb. Looking at the before pic, I wonder how anonymous thinks your kids could work in such a florescent room. Blues ARE calming and conducive to learning. And I personally LOVE the brown wall. I look forward to your blog every day! Don't let one negative amidst the hundreds of positives get you down. Besides, if they were too chicken to leave a name, their comment does not count!

    Love ya!

    Rebecca

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    1. Oh, Rebecca... you should have seen it. It was so bright. I had that wall covered in charts just so we didn't have to look at it. Very overwhelming before. I'm much happier now. Thanks for your super sweet comments!

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  15. Holy crap! That is one of the rudest things I have ever seen!!

    For what it's worth, I LOVE the colors. LOVE. THEM. The color of your room is rich and cozy, and give off a very relaxing vibe which is very much condusive to learning. And I paint alot. A. LOT. If there's one thing I know, it's color.

    Chin up, Amanda. Don't let the grumpy people get you down.

    Heather
    Peacocks & Penguins

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  16. Oh my gosh...some people. :( Try not to focus on people who are debbie downers. Your room looks fabulous!

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  17. If this person had any conviction, they would not be anonomous. I enjoy your blog! You room looks great.
    ~April Walker
    The Idea Backpack

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  18. Vent away...I would be upset too. I personally think that your walls look much more calming, and the students' work will really stand out. Sorry someone was very unkind... =(

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    1. Thank you for your support and sweet comments. :)

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  19. Ditto the above comments! What is SongPop?

    Laurie
    Chickadee Jubilee

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  20. Oh Amanda ... I learned a long time ago that if someone is going to make such a DULL comment anonymously...it holds no importance whatsoever! Love your classroom, but most importantly, you and your students love it...nothing more to it really :) Hope you are having a fabulous week ~ Tina

    Good Morning Mrs Rubie

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  21. Yikes, what an unnecessarily cruel thing to say. I hope that you can let it roll of your back and just keep on keeping on-you're in it for your kids not the inconsiderates out there. Please know that I love your room and all that you post/blog about (for what it's worth). Take care!

    :) Nicole
    Tadpole Tidbits
    www.mrscorbitt.blogspot.com

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    1. I know, right? Thanks for your sweet comments about my room. I've fully recovered from the unnecessary comment. :) ~Amanda

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