It's taken me a while, but I've learned to LAUGH! When I want to bang my head against the wall in frustration, I laugh. When I stumble over my own two feet and almost trip in front of a hallway of 12 & 13 year olds, I laugh with them. When I want to cry, I laugh (most of the time). When my students are at their orneriest, I laugh (but turn my head away and stifle it a little bit). I could go on, but you get the idea. When the going gets tough, laugh. It's a lot easier than being stressed and really lifts you up.
And speaking of laughter--last week, we made pine cone bird feeders. We went outside to hang them in the tree that is by where the kids get on/off the bus. That's when I realized the low branches had all been trimmed. We couldn't reach any of them! So, I did what any dedicated teacher would do and climbed the tree. Two of my students were oblivious. The other two were full of giggles. I stuck my camera in a safe place so I wouldn't break it, and my student aide/yearbook staff member just had to grab it to shoot a few shots.