URL: http://tinyurl.com/2bnz67x, Edutopia’s #Thankateacher Movement:
Thanks to Lisa, @teachingwthsoul, for sharing the link posted above during today’s evening #NTChat. I think it is a wonderful idea, and I’d like to take some time now to briefly think about what I am grateful for this year and post some shout-outs.
For this Thanksgiving season, I am thankful for many personal and professional reasons. I am very grateful to have a large and loving family. Even though I am unable to spend my birthday and Thanksgiving with my parents, siblings and extended family in my hometown this year, I am glad that they are all together and that they are in good health and in good cheer. I am thankful for my significant other, Arnold, for through our short five years together, he has shown me what it is like to be loved so well. It is always difficult to be away from each other during the holidays because of his annual military deployment, but I am thankful that he is safe and pray that he comes home to me soon.
I am thankful for all my mentors: my former high school teachers, my cooperative teacher, Sharon K., my graduate advisor, Carol K., and my research seminar professor, Bill W. Your passion for learning, your compassion towards others, your kindess, and gentle guidance serve as inspiration for the type of teacher I aspire to be. Thanks for believing in me and being my cheerleaders!
I am thankful for all my friends and mentors whom I have met through my Twitter PLN. A special thank you goes out to Mary Beth (@mbteach) and Shelly (@ShellTerrell). You two were among my first follows and friends, and you never hesitated to lend a hand or answer any of my questions when I was first starting out on Twitter. Thank you Jerry (@cybraryman1) for your ever-so-handy cybrary and wonderful way of making me smile. Thank you Lisa (@teachingwthsoul) for your tireless efforts in helping new teachers and in spreading the good word of PLN around. I have learned so much just by participating in #NTChat. There are so many others to thank! Please know that I appreciate each and every one of you.
It has been difficult relocating to a new state and trying to find a teaching position where I knew practically no one, but I never truly felt alone because I was always learning something new, sharing experiences, and collaborating with other teachers on multiple projects through Twitter. I was able to keep up to date on educational issues and find professional development materials without having to spend a dime! Though finding employment has been hard this past year, I also must acknowledge and be thankful for the small monetary opportunities (ie. substituting and scoring state tests) that allow me to pay the bills.
I tweeted this earlier during #NTChat and I’ll write it again: I am honestly a whole different person and teacher today because of my PLN. I have grown so much through our conversations and interactions, and for that I thank you all for helping me become that person. I wish you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving!