Usually the end of parent-teacher conference days leave me feeling relieved that they are finally over.
Today is different.
This year is different.
Parents are allies. I've joined them, invited them to join me, in being a daily part of the school experience. That is what is making the difference. It is hard work. It takes time, energy and persistence. But the payoff is amazing.
It's all about the connections. The connections made with the kids, with the parents, and with other teachers.
It's not about what happened last year. It's about this year and how to make it the best possible.
It's not about comparing with another teacher. It's about how to encourage each other, share ideas, and lift each other up.
Tonight I am thankful for all the teachers who have led me, collaborated with me and encouraged me. Tonight I am thankful for the parents who care about their child and work with me to educate their whole child. Tonight I am thankful for 23 first graders who know me very well and give me hugs. smiles and notes. Tonight I am thankful for a family that lets me be the teacher I want to be.
Tonight I am full of gratitude.
That is all.