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November 25, 2016 25 Reasons I'm a Thankful Teacher By John DePasquale
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

    During this Thanksgiving weekend, I would like to share with you those things that fill me with gratitude.

    As a teacher, I’m thankful for:

    1. Students who, without fail, say "good morning" to me every day

    2. Parents who bring chocolate to parent-teacher conferences because they know it’s a long day for teachers

    3. The feeling I get when I finally reach the bottom of a giant pile of student essays

    4. The look on a student’s face when they finally "get it"

    5. Former students who visit after school to share stories of their success, or to just chat

    6. Delicious, homemade treats that appear in the staff room

    7. Teachers who are genuinely passionate about what they teach

    8. A snow day

    9. Opening the cover of a fresh, brand new composition notebook

    10. Staff meetings that start and end on time

    11. Finding a fresh pot of coffee in the staff room

    12. Three-day weekends

    13. Catching students passing notes in class only to find out they’re writing because they are so excited about what they are learning

    14. School leaders who trust teachers and support them

    15. A copy machine that is not jammed

    16. Captivating book talks that get students fired up about reading

    17. Parent volunteers who lend a helping hand in the classroom       

    18. My own family members and friends who listen to my seemingly endless stories from the classroom

    19. Members of my families who are willing to grade assignments on the weekend

    20. Thank you notes I receive from students; especially at unexpected moments

    21. Returning from a field trip with the same number of students I left with

    22. Freshly sharpened pencils

    23. An organized, well-used classroom library

    24. Being so in sync with a co-teacher that we finish each other’s sentences 

    25. Middle schoolers who laugh at my corny jokes; even if it is only to humor me

    Bonus: I am thankful to be a part of this diverse community of teachers from across the country who read and blog here on Scholastic’s Top Teaching blogs.

    Finally, if you’re looking for a post-Thanksgiving digestive detox, I recommend this Thanksgiving smoothie from Simple Green Smoothies by Jen Hansard and Jadah Sellner.

     

     

    You can follow me on Twitter @johndepasquale_.

    During this Thanksgiving weekend, I would like to share with you those things that fill me with gratitude.

    As a teacher, I’m thankful for:

    1. Students who, without fail, say "good morning" to me every day

    2. Parents who bring chocolate to parent-teacher conferences because they know it’s a long day for teachers

    3. The feeling I get when I finally reach the bottom of a giant pile of student essays

    4. The look on a student’s face when they finally "get it"

    5. Former students who visit after school to share stories of their success, or to just chat

    6. Delicious, homemade treats that appear in the staff room

    7. Teachers who are genuinely passionate about what they teach

    8. A snow day

    9. Opening the cover of a fresh, brand new composition notebook

    10. Staff meetings that start and end on time

    11. Finding a fresh pot of coffee in the staff room

    12. Three-day weekends

    13. Catching students passing notes in class only to find out they’re writing because they are so excited about what they are learning

    14. School leaders who trust teachers and support them

    15. A copy machine that is not jammed

    16. Captivating book talks that get students fired up about reading

    17. Parent volunteers who lend a helping hand in the classroom       

    18. My own family members and friends who listen to my seemingly endless stories from the classroom

    19. Members of my families who are willing to grade assignments on the weekend

    20. Thank you notes I receive from students; especially at unexpected moments

    21. Returning from a field trip with the same number of students I left with

    22. Freshly sharpened pencils

    23. An organized, well-used classroom library

    24. Being so in sync with a co-teacher that we finish each other’s sentences 

    25. Middle schoolers who laugh at my corny jokes; even if it is only to humor me

    Bonus: I am thankful to be a part of this diverse community of teachers from across the country who read and blog here on Scholastic’s Top Teaching blogs.

    Finally, if you’re looking for a post-Thanksgiving digestive detox, I recommend this Thanksgiving smoothie from Simple Green Smoothies by Jen Hansard and Jadah Sellner.

     

     

    You can follow me on Twitter @johndepasquale_.

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