Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! To celebrate, here are some thankful thoughts from our Reality 101 bloggers.
Rob: I get by with a little help from my colleagues
Teaching is a tough business. There are so many things that influence our jobs on a daily basis that we have absolutely no control over. What we do have control over is where and who we work with. I am thankful for my colleagues. Over my past two+ years at my school, I’ve worked with fantastic people who keep me going day in and day out. They listen when I need to vent; they talk things out when I need to problem solve; they fight for me when I need them to. Without them, I never would have made it through the first two years, let alone think about a third!
Ann-Bailey: Lucky to have spontaneity, challenges & a break to recharge
I'm thankful for a profession where I am never bored, where no day is ever the same, and I can never be positive in the morning what will happen in the afternoon. I am thankful for the students who teach me, challenge me, and stretch me to be a better teacher. I am thankful for colleagues who take the time to collaborate and think outside the box about how to best meet the needs of our kids. And, of course, I am thankful for Thanksgiving break when I can recharge and relax after a long fall.
Lisa: Keep an eye out for the wonderful
It can be difficult to look at the pile of paperwork in front of me and embrace the feeling of gratitude. This mound of paper looms: a backlog of AIMSweb probes to assess and input, ominous IEP updates, student-needs worksheets, goals to write, progress monitoring to be done in triplicate…
Yet, I do feel this thankfulness. Today, a young girl distinguished the lowercase letter “b” from its sneaky mirror-twin. Another student finally finished a second draft of his first five-paragraph essay after hours of pointing at words and helping him scroll through the editing marks. A pair of girls worked together to create a turkey glyph, one helping the other read without so much as a raised eyebrow.
I am grateful for my colleagues who support me. I am grateful that need is no matter.
I am grateful to the Common Core, which has made us look at our instruction under a microscope and make positive changes for our kids.
This time of year, the time between Thanksgiving and the winter recess moves quickly. It is fraught with bits of assessment, final qualifications, report cards and other necessary paperwork. It is easy to feel bogged down, overwhelmed and overworked. Instead, I encourage teachers to look around them and feel gratitude. Wonderful things always seem to happen if you are willing to do the looking.
Adrien: A fresh perspective on thankfulness
This Thanksgiving I am thankful for many, many things! I am thankful for big things like my students who share the thrills of their achievements with me every day! And for small things like my students’ parents who trust me daily to teach and care for their grown children. For the easy-to-go-unnoticed things like my colleagues who are endless sources of support and ideas for me and my administrators who make the effort to value me, my students, and my work. The Thanksgiving holiday lends itself to the fresh perspective of thankfulness but I know I could certainly benefit from stretching it out through the rest of the year as well!