The last few weeks, I’ve received a number of thank-you notes. They made my day. I started wondering how often we take time to write a kind note to our fellow educators.
Then I started thinking about Thanksgiving. Expat teachers often miss the traditional Thanksgiving celebration. Those of us lucky enough to live in cities where we can find turkey (however obnoxious the price), still may not get the day off work.
So we improvise. We alter tradition. Students bring food and the whole class shares an international feast. Some students bring samosas, others bring spaghetti, and still others bring spring rolls. If we have a turkey dinner with family or close friends, the meal is on Saturday.
Since I no longer sit around the table stating things for which I am thankful, I am using this post to share my thanks for the colleagues who enrich my life and the lives of my students.
I challenge my blogger friends (both expats and non-expats) to do the same. Write a few notes or a blog post in appreciation of those with whom you work.
I am thankful for…
- My teaching partner. You are the true professional and make me a better teacher.
- My teaching assistant. I couldn’t survive without you. You model kindness and generosity to all. I can only hope to write emails as thoughtful as yours.
- My grade level team. You challenge me to see the craft of teaching from a multitude of angles.
- The school librarian. Your knowledge of books, research, and students inspires both young and old to read.
- The grade level learning specialist. I know why kids love visiting you. You bring a smile to the faces of all.
- The extended learning specialist. You know how to keep all students engaged and challenged. Thanks for helping me expand my repertoire of instructional methods.
- The literacy specialist. Thanks for introducing initiatives slowly enough so that I can adapt and feel successful.
- My administrators. I appreciate the years of mentorship and the positive feedback you give me after visiting my classroom.
- The counselors. You bring peace and harmony to our community of learners.
- The tech guy. Thanks for keeping my computer running and intervening with unnamed companies.
- The colleague who lives around the corner. We have theoretically solved all the world’s problems over my Oregon-label microbrew.
- Colleagues who encourage me to keep writing this blog. I never knew I had so much to say! And, the practice of regular writing has made me a more reflective educator.
- Pastors and church staff. You keep me grounded, reminding me of the One who is ever-present. I’m so glad you’re such an active part of our school community.
Who can you thank this week?