Earlier today, I was reflecting on the amazing work that we all do in our ‘business’. I know that it can often be easy to slide into the doldrums of grumpiness about so much in eduction, and for those of you that know me well know that I am by no means an artificially positive person, but I know that there’s a lot for us to be grateful about.
I have some of the most amazing colleagues (I bet you do, too!)- both the ones on my ‘work team’ and those that don’t have the same boss as me. Whether it’s teachers who want to try new things to make learning better for kids, other coaches that share strategies, people that coach me on how to improve my own practice, or community members that are supportive of what we do- I think on some level we’re all colleagues in doing what’s best for kids…and there aren’t too many jobs that are more important. On Thanksgiving, I was thankful for a lot and it was wonderful to spend time with family. Once we’ve packed up the leftovers and spent some time (and money) on the couch, it can be nice to take some time to consider what’s good about your work.
I’m really thankful to have the space to try new things and the support to fail at some of them. I know that not everyone has that ability, and I’m so glad that I do. I’m thankful to have some amazing teachers that are really focused on improving what they do every day, often in the face of some pretty intense odds. They’re the real champions to me. I’m also thankful for the people who work behind the scenes, the ones you don’t usually meet and might not hear about that work to enable us to do what we do. I appreciate you all.
Mostly, I am thankful for my two best thought partners: Lacy & Margaret (they’re in alphabetical order) that are constantly feeding me inspiration and forcing me to try new things. I wouldn’t be half the educator I am without y’all, thank YOU. On that note, I want to take a minute and introduce you to the newest member of the EduTechnically Speaking team…Lacy Bryant (@technerdLB) whois joining us in the coming weeks. I can’t wait to see all of the wonderful content she develops. Look out, people…she’s good!
While it’s still November, who or what are you thankful for?