A Teacher’s Thanksgiving Reflection

thanksgivingTeaching is hard and sometimes downright impossible.  There are countless viral stories from teachers about why they quit.  I’m not too proud to say that I can relate to the struggles that push so many teachers out of the profession, but since it is thanksgiving week, I want to take a minute to remember the things I am thankful for as a teacher.

1. I’m thankful for a job that is never boring.  With changing educational technology, changing student culture, changing standards, and all of the other things that pop up on a daily basis, teaching is anything but boring.  I’ll take my dynamic and bustling classroom over my husband’s quiet office any day!

2. I’m thankful for ah-ha moments.  It doesn’t matter if it is a struggling reader or an advanced placement student finally understanding rhetorical analysis, the moment when a student masters a skill or makes an epiphany is pure teacher magic.

3. I’m thankful that I get to spend the days with my favorite authors.  I really don’t know what I would do if I had a job that didn’t support my habit of Twain, Salinger, Fitzgerald, and Shelley.  What’s better is that I get to share these gifts with some pretty cool teenagers.

4. I’m thankful for colleagues that support me.  We all face challenges in working with administrators and other teachers, but you can’t beat finding a small group that you can count on to support you in this crazy, wonderful job.  I have a pretty amazing village that continue to raise me as a teacher.

5. I’m thankful that I have a voice to the future generation.  Parents, social media, and friends will have a huge impact on the teens that come through my room, but I also have a voice to help inspire them to a life of critical thinking and pursuit of justice. I’ve had so many students come back years after high school and tell me that they finally understand the life lessons I tried to instill.  Now THAT is an amazing feeling.

What are you thankful for this year?


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Research the origin of the celebration of Thanksgiving. When was the first Thanksgiving and why was it celebrated? When did it become a national holiday? Why do we traditionally eat a large meal on Thanksgiving Day?

During the holidays, many people are left without family at a time when family becomes most important. In a persuasive essay, write about what teens can do to be there and help others in need at this lonely time of year. Why is this selflessness important? How can helping others make someone feel?

The last Saturday in October has been observed as National Forgiveness Day. Who should you forgive, and why?

Explain and respond to the following quote by Albert Camus: Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower.

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Thanksgiving “Gratitude” Haikus

This FREE Thanksgiving Haiku writing activity not only introduces the idea of Haikus, but also allows students to create amazing poetry about themselves! Students are asked to create 3 different haikus “I am thankful,” I am grateful,” “I appreciate.” While these are synonymous, students are prompted to choose three different themes to explore.

This product includes a one-page explanation with example, plus one color and one black and white paper for student display, depending upon whether you have access to a color printer or color copier or just one with black ink only.