How excited I am to have been participating in the same gratitude blog share as the amazing gamification wizard, Michael Matera. In his typical twist of style, he is sharing a video below instead of the written word, and his guest is one you’re familiar with from my first gratitude post, Adam Powley. Watch and enjoy!
I hope you’ve been loving this month of posts emphasizing all our reasons to be personally and professionally grateful. This one comes from Kate Kennedy.
“November is the month of gratitude. We have an entire day dedicated to sitting around a table with friends and family and actually telling each other what we are grateful for. Forget about the food coma that comes afterwards, and the rush to head out to the Best Buy line, that five minutes around the table is one of the best parts of my year and something we should all be doing more than once…”
Friends, I was a bad girl and got behind on posting all the gratitude guest posts, but I am so glad to have four more to share, and it’s not Thanksgiving yet!
Today’s post is from DianaLyn Perkins, and she tells us why, although it may not be faster to team up with others, it is better in the long-run.
“This year I began my 10th year as an educator and my first year as a digital learning coach. I have had 3 different positions now all in the same district. As I reflect on the ride, there are so many things I am thankful for.
My first role as an educator was as a special education science teacher. I entered the education world as an alternative certification educator. I had been a physical science TA for 4 years in college, but that was so many years ago. I still remember two days before the kids were to come in sitting in front of my computer wondering what I was going to do with them. Just as the panic was really starting to settle in, my mentor, Sharon Pyburn, came in, walked me off my cliff and helped me plan my first lesson. She was so supportive doing all she could to help me get the resources I needed. She made a difference for me and for my kids. I co-taught with many different educators and gained valuable lessons from each one of them, but Angie Mahalic became not only a great co-teacher but also a valued friend. In addition, when I was going for my Master’s degree she was so open to every idea I brought to her, no matter how challenging or involved it was…”
Want to read more? Check out the rest of the post at https://eduperks.wordpress.com/2018/11/13/going-together/
Have you been enjoying our gratitude guest series? I hope you have. Here’s our latest installment, from Mommy Teacher Fashionista:
“I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the many blessings and opportunities I have had these past couple of months. As many of you know, I’ve taken on a new endeavor and after teaching kindergarten for 22 years, I am now an extremely grateful brand new second grade teacher. I’m in the same school so some of my students are the wonderful children I had in kindergarten two years ago.
I have an energetic, inquisitive and enthusiastic group of seven and eight year olds in the inner city of Providence, Rhode Island. My second graders are always eager to come to school and love to read, write and problem solve in such thoughtful and creative ways. My students are so appreciative of each other and all we do every day. They are culturally diverse and enjoy sharing their own unique experiences with the class. We learn from each other. My school is working hard to build community among families and staff and we have a safe, respectful environment. I am grateful to be a part of the Harry Kizirian Community.
Also as many of you know, I have been working hard to create special moments and experiences for my students by creating DonorsChoose projects and have been extremely fortunate to receive help from so many generous people. One that has had an enormous impact on my students is our Kindness Matters project. It involved nine different beautiful books that all carry a rich message of extending kindness towards all and was funded by Jen Corneau on behalf of Mobile Giving Page and Steve Harper, of Austin, Texas. My project goal was to be able to add books to our classroom library that were about kindness, acceptance and making the world a better place. I also wanted to use these books as part of carefully selected activities that would extend the messages within each book…”
Like what you’ve read so far? Finish reading at https://www.mommyteacherfashionista.com/home/2018/10/8/adding-a-colossal-dose-of-sunshine-to-lessons-and-life-one-ripple-at-a-time
With Tech and Twang,
Welcome to November! I am most definitely NOT one of those people who skips straight to Christmas, thank-you-very-much…so that’s why I feel so privileged to have been asked to join a seasonal blog hop. Our theme for the whole month? Gratitude. Along with sixteen other educators, I will be putting my words about gratitude out into the world. I can’t wait for you to read, share, and love every single post. Who knows? You just mind find something else to be thankful for.
About Our Guest Writer
Our first grateful guest is Adam Powley, who lives near the beach in South Carolina, and enjoys teaching in a gamified high school social studies classroom. You know that word gamified sparks one of my passions for this blog, so his words will be extra special. Start reading below…
Words on Gratitude from our Guest
“There is an interesting phenomenon when two people are in a long term relationship. Eventually the two extended families’ traditions and customs begin to merge and combine. Early in my relationship with my wife I was invited to her family’s Thanksgiving day meal which was very different than my own family’s traditions. In my family Thanksgiving a day about hunting and football with a meal thought of as secondary. Growing up in rural western New York late November is both freezing cold and deer season.
My father and uncles would all wake up at 4am dress, have coffee, and meet in some frozen field, usually covered in snow, to go hunting. Before I was legally old enough to hunt I was dragged out on this tradition as a “runner”. My job was to run through the woods making noise in an effort to chase out any sleeping deer. Thankfully, one dinner didn’t rely on actually getting any venison because another part of this tradition was that no one ever actually shot a deer. In fact I don’t ever remember a shot being fired; not by choice of course I guess the deer were smarter than our hunting party…”
Want to read more? Visit Adam’s blog to see the rest of the post, and make sure to leave a comment telling him how much you loved it.
With Tech and Twang,