Thank you Ruth for starting this community of celebration! It's one I treasure and I'm so grateful to be part of it.
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Today I am filled with gratitude and I'm ready to celebrate!
Connections: I celebrate connections. In preparing my students for their blogs, I reached out to my PLN and asked for student blogs. Margaret Simon, Julieanne Harmatz, and Erin Varley graciously agreed and shared blogs from their students. My students read and commented. It was a rousing success. My students can't wait to get their own blogs. We had such fun commenting and we got to see what good blog writing looks like. We did this on Tuesday and I noticed that some students kept returning to the blogs to read and comment some more throughout the week. (By the way, our blogs are coming very soon!)
Friendship: Being needed in times of struggle can make a friendship stronger. One of my very best friends and colleague, found herself sick this week. She needed to go to the hospital.
I dropped everything and drove her. (After a day filled with tests, she's going to be fine.) We laughed as we sat in the ER thinking about how much fun we are able to have in this scary moment. That's what real friendship is...laughing together in the ER, being there for each other when we're scared or sad. She's been there for me countless times and I'm grateful that I could help her. I celebrate friendships and the richness that my friendships bring to my life.
Heroes: I can't let today's post go by without recognizing Malala Yousafzai. I use the word hero sparingly, but she absolutely fits the bill. Yesterday, I asked my students if they are old enough to change the world. The immediately said, "YES!" (I love that!!) We watched a video of Malala and talked about who she was and what she's accomplished. The discussion was wonderful and eye opening and inspiring! One of my students had read her book and the rest of the class promptly insisted we have it, so I ordered it for our classroom library. I love this video of her from The Daily Show...
My final celebration is my writing. I have felt uninspired for the past couple of weeks, yet I continued to write. I celebrate that! YOU helped me continue. Having an audience makes a difference to me. I even started a Facebook Page for my blog. If you are on Facebook, please like my page. Thank you for reading! Have a great weekend!