20. Praise

Today, I am thankful for praise. Yes, that’s right! I am thankful for the compliments and positive feedback that I receive. Unfortunately, in life, especially in the work place, it is so easy to get caught up what we have to do and what needs to be done that we forget about others in the process. It’s so unbelievably easy to point out what others are doing wrong, and it seems to take so much effort to find the good points.

Today, my ego got a huge boost, thanks to some of my amazing administrators! First, I read over the results of a recent observation of mine, and they were great! This was especially exciting because the observation was done during math time. Math has been a bit of a touchy area this year with all of the new curriculum changes. So, I was super excited to hear some positive feedback on how I am doing with implementing it! Secondly, I was observed today by a different administrator, and I received some really kind, positive feedback from that, as well! Finally, we had some of our data looked over today, and I got an A+ result on that, too!

Needless to say, my pride was booming! It feels really great to be noticed for all the hard work and passion that I put in to my job each and everyday! So, to those who lifted my spirits today, thank you! And, to my friends, I give you a challenge. Take a moment tomorrow to notice something positive that someone is doing, and let them know just how great you think they are! The world needs more smiles!

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1. Teachers

I love the month of November! It is the epitome of Fall, which is my very favorite time of year, it’s the month of my first born’s birth, and it is also the month of one of my favorite holidays–Thanksgiving!

Over the last couple years, the 30 Days of Thanks Facebook challenge has really grown, and I think it is definitely one of the best fads to ever grace my newsfeed. I took part last year, and it was a truly wonderful experience. I think it is so important to remind ourselves what is important to us and to remember how blessed we all are. I have so much to be thankful for!

So, I will take the challenge again this year! I am going to TRY to blog everyday and include something for which I am thankful!

Today, I am thankful for my career. I am a teacher, and I am so proud of that! I whole-heartedly believe that teaching is one of the hardest professions there is. People often brush off the importance of a teacher’s job because we “get off at 3:00” and of course “have the summers off”. It is rare that someone gets an inside view of what a teacher really does! Perhaps if our lawmakers would come to spend a day in our classrooms, they may think a little harder about things like VAM scores, LEAP testing, engageNY, SLTs, and many of the other acronyms that have taken over our lives! So, to all of you who devote your lives to our children, thank you! I am thankful for your career choices, as well!

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