With Thanksgiving around the corner and the students hitting an all time handful level, we teachers need to think about the Top 5 things we have to be thankful about in our daily teaching life. We all can be a thankful teacher this Thanksgiving!
A gift from above. Where would most of us be without it? This is especially true if you are involved with extracurricular activities! After a long day of teaching, you voluntarily spend several more hours at night with your students. You NEED your morning coffee and for some of you, you need a late morning, lunch, early afternoon, and post school coffee.
Empty Homework Pile
This might be as elusive as the Loch Ness Monster, unicorn, or Yeti. Although when it happens, talk about something to be thankful for! Celebrate for that whole five minutes it exists! Put your feet up and relax.
No line at the copy machine
There are magical minutes or moments during the day when a copy machine line is empty. No techonology confused teacher staring blankly at all the buttons wasting your precious planning period. Now if it does not break on you, you truly are the most thankful person on school grounds.
We cannot lie. This might have been a top ten reason why we became teachers… Despite what other professions say, we need these breaks! Parents post tears of joy when their children return to school, so why can’t we revel in our holiday breaks? These breaks allow us to reorganize, relax, and catch up on grading and lesson plans at our leisure. This can make one thankful teacher!
There are moments when you wonder, “Why did I ever go into teaching? I should have done something where I actually made money and didn’t have to deal with state standards and testing”. Then, there are the moments when a student smiles because they genuinely like you and your classroom. When a struggling student finally understands a concept or lesson. When you realize that you are positively impacting the future of a student. This is when you are a thankful teacher and you chose teaching as your profession and truly love your students.
We, at Grade A Teaching, want to wish all of our followers and subscribers a happy, safe, relaxing, and student free Thanksgiving!