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Giving Thanks and Giving Back

By Stacey Burt on November 24, 2009


As I prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, I am reminded to be grateful for all that I have. This season I am particularly thankful for the profession I chose and the children I get to work with every day. As mentioned in an earlier post, I kind of “stumbled upon” teaching while in college, and I am so thankful for that detour today.


Not too long ago I was interviewed by a student for our electronic school newspaper. The reporter asked me why I teach. Sitting there I took a moment to really consider my response. Finally, I summed up my reason for teaching as being my way of giving back. Elaborating, I explained that while I treasure the job I get to do each day, teaching also affords me the opportunity to give back to the teachers that inspired me, contribute to our country’s future, and demonstrate to students that it’s cool to genuinely love learning and school.

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After the interview I was reminded of this quote by John F. Kennedy:

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

So as I reflect on my gratitude for the profession that I adore so much, I am also reminded to show that gratitude by my actions as well. In the spirit of teaching and the season I am going to strive to “show” my students how grateful I am to be their teacher every day for the remainder of the year. I can’t think of a better way of saying “thank you” than that.

A very happy Thanksgiving to you all-

Stacey

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