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November 26, 2014 Always Feeling Thankful By Kriscia Cabral
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8

    Last year I posted about the many things that I am thankful for. While I am still incredibly grateful for the many things that I shared last year, I’d like to update my list. I was given this great idea from a colleague of mine who was tired of hearing the same old “thankful” comments, “I’m thankful for my family because they are nice,” I’m thankful for school because it is a place that I learn.” Yes, these are very valid and wonderful reasons to be thankful, but what about the not-so-common-thankful answers. The idea was to challenge students to think of only nouns to be grateful for and then verbs to be grateful. The revamped responses had much more meaning because there were original. Only the person sharing could think of the true reason as to why they valued each thing. “I’m thankful for the sunshine because it brightens every day.”

    With this idea in mind, I decided to share a few of my teacher thanksgivings with you as well as one of my all-time favorite Thanksgiving family recipes for 7-Up cake. 

     

    My Family:

    Yes, I know this is from my original list, but it has to be said. My family is my rock. My husband graciously picks up where I cannot. He supports the crazy life of a teacher with not one complaint.

    My kids kindly share their mother with more than 100 other children every single day. My extended family not only cares for their own, but take mine in as well. My mother and sister do what they can as often as they can whenever I might need them.

     I am also grateful for my school family who laugh with me every day, who understand what school life is all about, and how much it means to you when someone relieves you for a potty break. The people who listen, discuss, and help me grow as an educator.

    My Scholastic family is my third family type. It has been an experience of a lifetime working for Scholastic. I have added more amazing people to my family while growing as a professional. Blogging has given me the opportunity to reflect on my teaching and share with the world. It is the gift that keeps on giving and I am grateful.

     

    Teacher Thankfuls:

    1. I am thankful for Mondays. As much as I love the weekends (which is also something I am thankful for), there is nothing like a Monday morning. School starts and kids are gleaming with excitement to see you. 

    2. I am thankful for organized chaos. This is what my learning space looks like every day and I LOVE it. Kids being kids, learning in a way that works for them, conversations, video viewing, shared writing. I love the sound of learning.

    3. I am thankful for “just in time.” I am somewhat of a "tangential" teacher. Lesson plans are a great skeleton, but I love it when there is a “just-in-time” teachable moment. This is when a student takes notice of something and wants to know more, or a concept that wasn’t in the original plan becomes pertinent to what we are doing in class. There is nothing like the excitement that gleams on the faces of kids who are engaged in their learning.

    4. I am thankful I am a teacher. I am truly living my dream. The smiles on faces, the joy of learning, the ability to grow alongside my students — this is incredible. I love seeing so much more in students than I ever saw in myself growing up. It is beyond rewarding and I consider my job a true gift.

    7-Up Cake

    And here it is a family Thanksgiving favorite. This cake has been in my family longer than I have. My grandma knew just how to bake one, crisp and moist in the middle. I am fortunate to now have my sister who can replicate this holiday treat to a T.

    Ingredients:

    • 3 cups cake flour (such as Softasilk)

    • 3 cups granulated sugar

    • 1-1/2 cups of butter (3 sticks)

    • 5 eggs

    • 3/4 cup 7-Up

    • 1 tsp lemon extract (I used 1 tsp lemon zest, 1 Tbsp lemon juice and just a few drops of lemon extract just add enough for your taste)

    Directions:

    • Preheat oven to 325. Liberally butter and flour a Bundt pan. Set aside.

    • Cream sugar and butter in a mixer. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix well. Add cake flour and 7-Up and mix through. Add the lemon flavorings as desired, to taste.

    • Bake for an hour and 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when pierced. The cake will be a deep golden color.

    • Cool completely on a rack, then invert onto a serving plate.

     

    Thank you for reading and being a part of my digital learning journey. It is always a pleasure to check in weekly for sharing, learning, and growing.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Smiles,

    Kriscia

    Last year I posted about the many things that I am thankful for. While I am still incredibly grateful for the many things that I shared last year, I’d like to update my list. I was given this great idea from a colleague of mine who was tired of hearing the same old “thankful” comments, “I’m thankful for my family because they are nice,” I’m thankful for school because it is a place that I learn.” Yes, these are very valid and wonderful reasons to be thankful, but what about the not-so-common-thankful answers. The idea was to challenge students to think of only nouns to be grateful for and then verbs to be grateful. The revamped responses had much more meaning because there were original. Only the person sharing could think of the true reason as to why they valued each thing. “I’m thankful for the sunshine because it brightens every day.”

    With this idea in mind, I decided to share a few of my teacher thanksgivings with you as well as one of my all-time favorite Thanksgiving family recipes for 7-Up cake. 

     

    My Family:

    Yes, I know this is from my original list, but it has to be said. My family is my rock. My husband graciously picks up where I cannot. He supports the crazy life of a teacher with not one complaint.

    My kids kindly share their mother with more than 100 other children every single day. My extended family not only cares for their own, but take mine in as well. My mother and sister do what they can as often as they can whenever I might need them.

     I am also grateful for my school family who laugh with me every day, who understand what school life is all about, and how much it means to you when someone relieves you for a potty break. The people who listen, discuss, and help me grow as an educator.

    My Scholastic family is my third family type. It has been an experience of a lifetime working for Scholastic. I have added more amazing people to my family while growing as a professional. Blogging has given me the opportunity to reflect on my teaching and share with the world. It is the gift that keeps on giving and I am grateful.

     

    Teacher Thankfuls:

    1. I am thankful for Mondays. As much as I love the weekends (which is also something I am thankful for), there is nothing like a Monday morning. School starts and kids are gleaming with excitement to see you. 

    2. I am thankful for organized chaos. This is what my learning space looks like every day and I LOVE it. Kids being kids, learning in a way that works for them, conversations, video viewing, shared writing. I love the sound of learning.

    3. I am thankful for “just in time.” I am somewhat of a "tangential" teacher. Lesson plans are a great skeleton, but I love it when there is a “just-in-time” teachable moment. This is when a student takes notice of something and wants to know more, or a concept that wasn’t in the original plan becomes pertinent to what we are doing in class. There is nothing like the excitement that gleams on the faces of kids who are engaged in their learning.

    4. I am thankful I am a teacher. I am truly living my dream. The smiles on faces, the joy of learning, the ability to grow alongside my students — this is incredible. I love seeing so much more in students than I ever saw in myself growing up. It is beyond rewarding and I consider my job a true gift.

    7-Up Cake

    And here it is a family Thanksgiving favorite. This cake has been in my family longer than I have. My grandma knew just how to bake one, crisp and moist in the middle. I am fortunate to now have my sister who can replicate this holiday treat to a T.

    Ingredients:

    • 3 cups cake flour (such as Softasilk)

    • 3 cups granulated sugar

    • 1-1/2 cups of butter (3 sticks)

    • 5 eggs

    • 3/4 cup 7-Up

    • 1 tsp lemon extract (I used 1 tsp lemon zest, 1 Tbsp lemon juice and just a few drops of lemon extract just add enough for your taste)

    Directions:

    • Preheat oven to 325. Liberally butter and flour a Bundt pan. Set aside.

    • Cream sugar and butter in a mixer. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix well. Add cake flour and 7-Up and mix through. Add the lemon flavorings as desired, to taste.

    • Bake for an hour and 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when pierced. The cake will be a deep golden color.

    • Cool completely on a rack, then invert onto a serving plate.

     

    Thank you for reading and being a part of my digital learning journey. It is always a pleasure to check in weekly for sharing, learning, and growing.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Smiles,

    Kriscia

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