As autumn descends on the Northeastern United States and the holiday season nears, I thought I’d offer a list of some areas to which I’m thankful.
- My friends and family. I usually focus on professional aspects on this blog. During this time of the year, however, I’m reminded how important it is to have thoughtful, supportive people in my life. I love each of you more than written words can ever express. Thanks!
- My colleagues. Despite being in education for over twenty years, I find that I still learn something new everyday. I try to surround myself with intelligent individuals who think deeply about teaching and learning and push me to consider new ways to reach my students and to approach my work. I especially appreciate those colleagues who email me with articles to read on Mondays and Tuesdays knowing that I’ll be thinking of something to share on this blog. Even though I know you’re secretly (or not so secretly) trying to seed my writing here, I really appreciate your support. Thanks!
- My job. Teaching is hard work. Teaching others to teach can be even harder. At times, I’m humbled by the difficulty of teacher education and professional development. But when I see a new teacher who really gets it or a colleague who implements some new teaching strategies, I forget about the challenges and focus only on the success. At the end of the day, It’s rewarding to realize that I’m at a great institution doing work that really matters. Finding a home professionally is so important. Thanks!
- This blog. I know this sounds kind silly but this blog has been such a huge influence on my professional life. This week marks the seventh anniversary for the 8 Blog. Over the last seven years, over 78,000 people have visited on of the 374 posts I’ve written. Visitors have left over 448 comments and 1200 people have chosen to follow my musings regularly. When I started this blog, I really never thought that it would have that sort of reach. I wanted a vehicle to force me to write more regularly so I could hone my writing skills. I never expected that it would have any widespread readership or that visitors would choose to share my work. This has been tremendously inspiring. Thank you.
- You. If you’ve chosen to read until this point in this post, please realize that I’m thankful for you being here. I don’t make any advertising revenue from this blog and my writings do not emerge from any corporate influences. These are simply my thoughts, ideas and wonderings offered free of charge. Thanks for being here and I hope to catch you back here reading another post down the road. Thanks.