As Thanksgiving fast approaches, I’ve been trying to focus on creating a culture of gratitude in my classroom. To help me in my efforts, I tapped into the amazingness of Soul Pancake with this incredible video…
It was a phenomenal lesson. Students wrote letters to classmates, siblings, and parents. Two even wrote me a tear jerking letter. It was one of those lesson, I’ll never forget!
After watching my kids take on these gratitude challenges, I thought I’d better practice what I preach. So I made a list of 16 work things I am grateful for and I am gonna post it by my office as a reminder.
So here it goes. I am grateful for…
1) Flexibility and freedom to create my own health curriculum
2) Work friends who are real friends
3) A brand new school -> new walls are going up every day
4) Chromebooks and the Internet. The possibilities are endless.
5) When my students have ah-ha moments. Last week, I listened to student explain to a complaining classmate why learning about wellness is incredibly important and necessary. I could have cried.
6) Amazing genius creations like Inside Out – making it easier to engage students in heavy topics
7) My students letting me eat lunch with them – I love hanging out with them in their world:)
8) Advisory and the opportunity to focus on non-academic issues
9) Honest (sometimes brutally honest) students teaching me about life and challenging me to be better
10) Apple Music – So. Many. Songs.
11) Loving students, who genuinely care about my well-being – man do they notice things
12) The opportunity to influence systemic change at a fundamental level.
13) That P.E. dress code 🙌🏼. The fact that I get to wear workout clothes every day (a.k.a. a legitimate excuse to buy lululemon gear)
14) A husband who teaches the same subject and shares teaching ideas
15) Outstanding co-teachers to collaborate and connect with
16) Job-sharing because let’s be real, teaching less makes me a better, healthier teacher, person, wife, co-worker, daughter, and sister. I am more patience, happier, and more loving. It’s a win-win-win.
And because I know how rare a teacher-thank you is…Let me tell you how amazing you are! Your dedication to your students is truly inspiring. You are a rock star and the world is a better place because you chose to be a teacher!
Wishing you a lovely Thanksgiving,