My Thanks Givings

November 23, 2016 No Comments

My Thanks Givings

November 23, 2016 No Comments

Did you know that the Pilgrims would not have considered their first harvest feast a true thanksgiving?  To the Pilgrims, thanksgiving was a day for giving thanks to God for their many blessings.  Their harvest feast was simply a feast, lasting three days in which they sang secular songs, played games, and danced.  Definitely not true “thanksgiving” activities.

It is incredible that the tradition of a true Pilgrim thanksgiving and the celebration of the harvest have combined over the last nearly 400 years.  Most modern day Thanksgivings involve feasting as well as giving thanks to God for the blessings of the past year.  In a world where we are faced with numerous daunting challenges, it is nice to pause and remember the blessings we have received, whether you believe they come from God or not.

My Forever PLC

As a teacher, I have much to be thankful for.  I am thankful for starting over at a new school this year and feeling welcomed.  I am thankful that the transition has been smooth and that, while I’m still adjusting, I know that I have a full system of support from colleagues around me.

I am thankful for my Forever PLC from Watson Lane.  While I don’t get to see them or work with them every day, I know that I can call on them whenever I need.  They are always there with good advice and understanding hearts.

I am thankful for the teacher leadership opportunities that have been introduced to me this past year through Twitter and my #JCPSForward tribe.  Over the past year, I have attended EdCampJCPS, EdCampKY, ECET2Ky, and am helping to plan ECET2Lou.  These opportunities have renewed my teacher spirit and passion for teaching and learning and I am excited to see where they take me.

Having fun at EdCampJCPS

I am thankful for the Bellarmine Literacy Project for helping to transform reading instruction not only in my classroom, but in so many classrooms across JCPS.  I am thankful for my instructors and their ability to constantly fuel my passion for literacy.

I am thankful for a husband who understands the long hours I spend “working.”  I use quotation marks because while I am technically working, this job is a job that I love.  Education is my passion and I would do the work I do whether or not I got paid.

Most of all, though, I am thankful for my students.  My current students, my former students, and my future students.  I do what I do because of them and for them.  I aspire to make the most of my time with them.  Not just for their learning, but mine as well.  I am thankful for their passion for books, their eagerness to learn, their excitement for new things, and their hugs on a hard day.

Take a few minutes to think about what you’re thankful for as a teacher this year.  If nothing else, it will remind you why you get up each morning to do what you do.

Keep inspiring, teachers.

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Hi! My name is Sheryl and I am so thankful you've found your way to the TeacherLadyKY blog! I'm an elementary educator from Louisville, Kentucky who is passionate about building relationships and literacy skills with my students. I've taught everything from kindergarten to fifth grade and I can't wait to share my experiences with you! Enjoy! Read More

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I hated how I looked in the mirror this morning. I hated how there were rolls where there shouldn’t be and dimples in places there should be no dimples. I literally wanted to throw up. Is that normal? Probably not. It’s not healthy, for sure, but it’s something most women go through.

Why?

But then, friends, I put on my face and opened the windows and felt that wet hair-fresh mind-sunshine kind of feeling and I felt better. Not 100%, but better.

I’m going to the gym today. Or at least walking the dog around the neighborhood. I’ll keep you posted.

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