Do I end the year on a scholarly note and comment on the newest research to improve my teaching practice?
Does it make more sense to search the edu-news sites for wild stories worthy of my scathing analysis and caustic humor?
I could report on the way my kids handled the end of the year transition, and how my heart shuddered a bit as I said goodbye.
Instead, I think I will take a minute and express my thanks to my ED team colleagues who stood strong against the winds of change, always focused on what is right for kids. When resistance was called for, we rallied. When polite acceptance made sense, we did so. And when new opportunities beckoned, we weighed the benefits against the risk factors, and again, chose with an open heart.
I am grateful for my students who remind me that the inner spirit is at once vulnerable AND indominable.
I am grateful for my AP who seemed to "get me", even when I didn't "get" myself.
I'm grateful too, for my grade level team. They embraced me, laughed with and at me, and valued my work. Their expertise, committment to kids and to each other is inspiring.
Finally, I am grateful for the love and support shown by my family. They understood my need for a nap each day, even if that meant dinner was alittle late. They laughed and worried with me about my kids, and bragged about me to their friends.
They loved me even when I acted unlovable. Moodiness is a side effect of stress, and they let me off the hook for grumpy behavior more times than is fair.
And for the blogging community, they who share so easily, find joy in reporting and analysing, and never cease to have an opinion...... thank you for that!!!