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Top 5 Reasons I'm a Thankful Teacher

By Kriscia Cabral on November 28, 2013
  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8

There aren’t many times in a school year where we, as teachers, stop . . . and take a deep breath. The month of November brings report cards, conferences, reflections, and a wonderful opportunity just to be thankful. In my work at school, I feel like every day is a day to be thankful. Here are my top five reasons why.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. A True Home Away From Home

Home is where my heart is. I have the most amazing support system (and two little rays of sunshine) always willing to lend a hand.

I am fortunate enough to have that continued support at my school. I work with the most incredible group of teachers. They are my family. I am thankful for the time we spend together — misunderstanding messages and laughing at each other’s silly mistakes. I always know that I have their support no matter what the situation may be.

 

 

 

2. Never-ending Learning

The true gift of teaching is the gift of learning. I learn something new every day from the children in my classroom, colleagues on campus, and from my own children at home. The excitement that is shared when one person gives the gift of knowledge is like a shining light that never turns dull. It is the notion that we are all coming to the same place with the common goal of bettering ourselves every day.

 

 

 

 

3. Stories for Days

Being a teacher opens the doors for true conversations with your students. This is what I love the most — students sharing their thoughts on life and what is happening in their world. From what is the latest and greatest in music to the most current drama on the playground, I hear it all. Listening to the thoughts and feelings of nine- and ten-year-olds makes you take a moment and think about what really matters most.

 

 

 

 

4. The Light Bulb Moment

The gratification of “getting it” is something I cherish. Seeing the frustration and disappointment of things not making sense vanishes when that one technique, tool, or conversation hits a mark. The joy of that Aha! moment is the reason I love what I do. I love to work through student frustrations and share my own. It’s just as important for them to see me struggle as it is for me to see them. What better way to show that learning isn’t always easy for anyone.

 

 

5. Forever Inspiring

I come to school every day with a well-formed plan in mind, and every day there is a crinkle in that plan. I never complain about that crinkle because that's what makes every day special. The community of teachers, students, and parents that surrounds me on a daily basis inspires me to do better. Without ever realizing it, my students are my number one fans and my best critics. Their desire to learn makes me want to push myself to do the same.

 

 

I count my blessings every day. I am so grateful to every voice that has touched my heart. I am thankful for this extraordinary opportunity to spend my days teaching, learning, and growing with these wonderful people.

 

Comments (6)

I'm thankful that I work next door to such an amazing teacher! Thank you for always sharing your ideas!

Thank you for keeping everything organized and ready for lesson use! You're the best!

Thank you for reading.

Fantastic post Kriscia! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. I'm thankful that our paths crossed and that I can call you a friend!

Happy Holidays Brian! I too am so glad our paths have crossed. You're amazing! Wishing we taught at the same school!

Thank you for reading!

What a great post! I love all of the photos.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Erin

Happy Holidays Erin!

Thank you for reading!

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