Kellie Claflin

Life is good

Blog Post created by Kellie Claflin on Feb 28, 2011

?"I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it." -Groucho Marx


I’m hitting the point in the semester that I’m realizing I’m tired. Who would’ve thought student teaching would be so exhausting and I feel like I’m not even doing as much as I could! The fabulous thing part is that I am absolutely loving my experience. Even when things don’t go quite as well as I would like them to, I reflect and strive to do better the next time.


And things definitely don’t always turn out the way you want. It doesn’t matter if it’s students, administration, parents, animals, technology, your hair… you get the point. J The main thing is to not be reactive. I remember in middle school taking a class based on Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens and shaking up pop bottles and opening them to demonstrate a reactive personality. With all the things that go on in the day of a life of an ag teacher, there is no time to be reactive. You simply have to go with the flow. Learn from each experience, have a good laugh and move on.


This morning when I woke up I was uncharacteristically happy and excited for the day. Not normal for a Monday. Also, the gloomy winter weather had been wearing down on me and I hadn’t been finding too many positive things to think about over the weekend. J But it was sunny, there were good tunes playing and a good dose of coffee. What else does one need, right? Once I got to school, my positive attitude paid off. I had one of the best days in the classroom to date. In vet science, students researched background information and pros and cons on spaying and neutering. They then presented the information to their classmates. They will then use the information to write a letter to a friend to persuade them to spay/neuter their pet. Not only did I feel comfortable with the class, but more than one student said that they learned something! Who would’ve thought? J


Life is good. Be happy.