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November 25, 2014 Give Thanks for Great Teammates By Lindsey Petlak
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

    In this season of thanks, I realize more than ever how fortunate I am to have so much to be thankful for. Undoubtedly, my family takes top priority and I owe them more thanks than could ever fill a blog post, but seeing as this is a teaching blog and that I spend the vast majority of my day in school, I want to take this time to thank my TEAMMATES for all that they do. Teaching is tough, no doubt about it, and a great team can make all of the difference in the world. As busy as our daily chaos can be, we often don’t have time to fully express the appreciation we have for our “teachers in arms” who are in the trenches with us every.single.day.  

    I have two other fourth grade teammates, an additional grade level teammate who is currently a teacher on special assignment at the district office (miss you, Stefanie!), and my buddy class (Kg.) and after-school program co-teacher who all make each day a great day at work . . . despite the reality that we know each day in our profession may come with many challenges. The list below is brief, but sincere. I don’t know how to fully ever express my gratitude other than to simply say thank you, thank you, THANK YOU.


     

    HOW AM I THANKFUL FOR MY TEAM?
    LET ME COUNT THE WAYS . . . 

    1. We balance each other very well: personalities, abilities, and interests.

    2. We are in sync and know how to read each other, even without speaking (a bit cheesy, I know).

    3. You know how to make me/us laugh . . . when we could easily cry.

    4. You are supportive, not only through tough school times, but also regarding personal matters (What? We have lives outside of teaching??)

    5. You help problem-solve instead of complain.

    6. You lend a hand whenever needed, whether it’s covering our class for ten minutes or contributing to planning a lesson.

    7. You are willing to try new things, even when the outcome is unknown and there are obstacles along the way.

    8. You don’t think I’m TOTALLY nuts, or at least you just accept me for who I am.

    9. You come to work prepared to work extremely hard for the kids every single day.

    10. WE HAVE FUN TOGETHER and that’s not only great for ourselves, but it also transfers to our students and benefits them.

    Beyond the direct teammates that I have praised and expressed gratitude for above, there are COUNTLESS others who serve my class of students every day, and I am beyond thankful for them, too. Specialists, case managers, social workers, student aides — the list goes on and on. It truly “takes a village” to run a classroom,  and especially an entire school. Let us all be grateful for our close teammates and amazing support colleagues who help us every day in more ways than we could possibly ever imagine!

     


    Whether you’re prepping snacks for incredible teammates or colleagues, making something yummy for a holiday potluck, or hogging it all for yourself, this pumpkin fluff recipe is a winner every time.  

    Why? 

    1. It requires very few ingredients and is super easy and quick to make.

    2. It’s easy to transport and won’t spoil when left out for snacking at family dinners or potlucks. 

    3. It is ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS — I lick my fingers when I eat this! Try it and I know you’ll love it as much as I do!

    Maybe you could even make it as a THANK YOU TREAT for your own teammates! Put some of the pumpkin whip into a cute Mason jar with a screw top lid, and pair it with some yummy dippers (see recipe for suggestions). Package them in a cellophane bag or small gift bag, and you have a yummy treat that’s sure to please!

    Original recipe courtesy of Kraft Foods.


    Thanks to ALL OF YOU for reading each week! I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing, and thankful holiday break spent with friends, family, and a little YOU time, too!

    See you in December!

     

    In this season of thanks, I realize more than ever how fortunate I am to have so much to be thankful for. Undoubtedly, my family takes top priority and I owe them more thanks than could ever fill a blog post, but seeing as this is a teaching blog and that I spend the vast majority of my day in school, I want to take this time to thank my TEAMMATES for all that they do. Teaching is tough, no doubt about it, and a great team can make all of the difference in the world. As busy as our daily chaos can be, we often don’t have time to fully express the appreciation we have for our “teachers in arms” who are in the trenches with us every.single.day.  

    I have two other fourth grade teammates, an additional grade level teammate who is currently a teacher on special assignment at the district office (miss you, Stefanie!), and my buddy class (Kg.) and after-school program co-teacher who all make each day a great day at work . . . despite the reality that we know each day in our profession may come with many challenges. The list below is brief, but sincere. I don’t know how to fully ever express my gratitude other than to simply say thank you, thank you, THANK YOU.


     

    HOW AM I THANKFUL FOR MY TEAM?
    LET ME COUNT THE WAYS . . . 

    1. We balance each other very well: personalities, abilities, and interests.

    2. We are in sync and know how to read each other, even without speaking (a bit cheesy, I know).

    3. You know how to make me/us laugh . . . when we could easily cry.

    4. You are supportive, not only through tough school times, but also regarding personal matters (What? We have lives outside of teaching??)

    5. You help problem-solve instead of complain.

    6. You lend a hand whenever needed, whether it’s covering our class for ten minutes or contributing to planning a lesson.

    7. You are willing to try new things, even when the outcome is unknown and there are obstacles along the way.

    8. You don’t think I’m TOTALLY nuts, or at least you just accept me for who I am.

    9. You come to work prepared to work extremely hard for the kids every single day.

    10. WE HAVE FUN TOGETHER and that’s not only great for ourselves, but it also transfers to our students and benefits them.

    Beyond the direct teammates that I have praised and expressed gratitude for above, there are COUNTLESS others who serve my class of students every day, and I am beyond thankful for them, too. Specialists, case managers, social workers, student aides — the list goes on and on. It truly “takes a village” to run a classroom,  and especially an entire school. Let us all be grateful for our close teammates and amazing support colleagues who help us every day in more ways than we could possibly ever imagine!

     


    Whether you’re prepping snacks for incredible teammates or colleagues, making something yummy for a holiday potluck, or hogging it all for yourself, this pumpkin fluff recipe is a winner every time.  

    Why? 

    1. It requires very few ingredients and is super easy and quick to make.

    2. It’s easy to transport and won’t spoil when left out for snacking at family dinners or potlucks. 

    3. It is ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS — I lick my fingers when I eat this! Try it and I know you’ll love it as much as I do!

    Maybe you could even make it as a THANK YOU TREAT for your own teammates! Put some of the pumpkin whip into a cute Mason jar with a screw top lid, and pair it with some yummy dippers (see recipe for suggestions). Package them in a cellophane bag or small gift bag, and you have a yummy treat that’s sure to please!

    Original recipe courtesy of Kraft Foods.


    Thanks to ALL OF YOU for reading each week! I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing, and thankful holiday break spent with friends, family, and a little YOU time, too!

    See you in December!

     

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