I was unsure about doing the #oneword2017. It’s a challenge to just pick one and there are so many areas that I want to focus on. However, I selected grateful because I believe that it can translate into my “one word” for my outside of school life as well as my inside of school life.
I am grateful for my students who do choose to come to my class each day. Unfortunately, I have some students who make other choices as to how they spend their time Monday through Friday rather than come to Geometry. Although we do not want it to be a choice, in the end it really is one. I need to be grateful that they made that good choice and reward that good choice by giving students a lesson that they can use.
I am grateful for my school. I have always been afforded a great deal of room for creativity in my classroom, which is not the case elsewhere. I need to push myself to take advantage of that opportunity on a more regular basis. I need to challenge myself to find creative ways to get students more involved and be grateful for the supportive atmosphere present in my school.
I am grateful for the technology in my school. When I think about what is available in my classroom on a daily basis, I am in awe. I have a set of Chromebooks chilling in the back of my room to use as I please any day I please! I have a new flat panel SmartBoard that I am grateful that I have been able to become more able at using. I have technology knowhow oozing from my brain. Although I can be thirsty for more, I am incredibly grateful for everything that I have. I’ve come a long way from the overhead projector and some vis-a-vis markers, baby!
I’m grateful that I have a job. Plenty of people would love to be in my position with full benefits and a nice salary. Not to mention holidays off and summers off. I need to come at this job with a sense of gratefulness.
I want to commit to writing about this idea of “grateful” in the coming year to keep it on the top of my mind.