As we return to the daily routines of school and the busy holiday season that fills the time between Thanksgiving break and Christmas break, we often forget to slow down and really appreciate the good things in our lives. As I reflect on all the things I have to be thankful for, I realize just how much I am thankful for all my experiences here at DNH.
Here are just a few things that I am thankful for:
Technology--I must say that technology has become a key part of my everyday life. My Christmas shopping is well underway thanks to online shopping and my life is somewhat organized thanks to Google Calendar! I love that I can schedule and share events on my calendars--That’s right! I have more than one!--with colleagues, speech students, and even my family.
Helpers--We have so many amazing associates and support staff in our buildings. These “helpers” are doing great things by providing the support that many of our students need. DNH is lucky to have so many caring people in our buildings working to help our students achieve success. Be sure to let them know what a great asset they are to our students!
Administration--The administration team has been so supportive of the TLC endeavor. I greatly appreciate how they involve us in decision making, allow us time for attending professional development opportunities, and encourage us to try new ideas. Not all TLC teams have this support!
November--It’s hard to believe that this school year is already one-third complete! I am thankful for November as this time of year forces me to slow down just a bit, enjoy time with family and friends, and take time to refocus before jumping back into another busy season. I hope you have also enjoyed some time to recharge.
Kids--I am thankful to not only have two happy, healthy boys of my own, but also to have so many wonderful kids here at DNH. I’m thankful that I have to opportunity to teach and learn with our students. It has been exciting to work with kids at all grade levels and in a variety of experiences.
Family--As I spent Thanksgiving Day with my large and noisy family, I realized how appreciative I am of the time I get to spend with them. We always have a great time with lots of laughter. Not only am I thankful for my own family, I have found myself lucky to have such a great work family too! It truly is a blessing to be able to share and laugh with the people you work with.
Understanding--With all the new challenges that have come our way this year, I appreciate how understanding everyone has been with the instructional coaches as we navigate through this first year, learning the coaching process, various teaching styles, and different grade level expectations. Your patience with us is greatly appreciated!
Learning Experiences--I cannot express how thankful I am to have had so many wonderful opportunities to work with such great teachers and students. Each time I enter a classroom to observe, provide feedback, or co-teach, I learn something new.
Take time to be thankful!