Last year, I had all my classes take a minute to think about the people in their lives that it make it better. After sharing a quote about gratitude and drawing attention to the fact that that thinking gratitude and doing something because of it are two different things, I gave students the rest of the period to make Thanksgiving cards for the people in their lives.
I did the same thing today. A few students have the typical “I’m too cool for this thing,” but most realize it’s a unique opportunity and make something thoughtful for a family member, friend, teacher, coach, or other person.
I love the activity as much as the students because I get a chance to write something for my coworkers. I’m grateful for each of them and writing something on here wouldn’t have the personal feel of a written note.
Today, I took time to write to some coworkers and let them know how much I appreciate them as teachers, coworkers, friends, and people. Each of them has helped me grow as a teacher, whether it was the result of me seeking advice or just by example. Each of them has helped me grow as a person as a result of their continual care for my overall well-being. In the process of writing, I discovered that it was often the small things they do that stuck out in my mind.
My #teacherleader goal from TMC this year was to thank more teachers. Today reminded me how I need to take a few minutes each week to write or speak to a coworker about what they do that helps me, helps students, and helps my school grow.