What am I thankful for this Thanksgiving?
1.) My few fabulous students that listen to me, and respond appropriatly.
They are the little reminders in my life that I don't have to be a perfect teacher, or a perfect person, all the time. I can still reach kids, even when I make mistakes. Letting my inner pessimest get the best of me has been hard on my day to day classroom endevors. Not that I was giving up, I was just letting my guard down, letting my energy get low, allowing my crappy attitude to get the best of me and thus making my class not as great as I knew it could be.
2.) My pervious students who recently sent me a note via facebook (I let them friend me after graduation only) letting me know that they not only appreciate me now that they are in college, but that they miss having teachers who they knew with out a doubt cared about them.
That is my goal as a teacher. I let my students know that I care. That someone out there in this cruel, hard world gives a damn.
3.)My family who support, uplift and constantly deal with my whining.
I could not and would not be the person I am today without their help, guidance and frequent reality checks.
4.)Also, my battle with my self is getting better.
I feel less ineffective lately. I know that I matter, and than my lessons can truly guide kids to greatness. I am my own worst critic. Now that we are done with our Julius Caesar unit I am hopeful that the energy that is usually a part of my classroom comes back. I know that what we have been doing is waaaaay BORING and my lessons and their behavior reflect that. Hopefully now there will be a clean slate to come back to after turkey day.
5.) Lastly, my new fabulous co-workers. (not all of them are fabulous, but most are *more on that later*)
I am thankful to finally work with some professionals that exude professionalism. I'm happy to work with teachers that truly love their job and demonstrate that with their actions.