Teacher Appreciation Week

This is teacher appreciation week. Over the years, I have read a lot of books and articles. Mostly on education, coaching, parenting, living, running a business, and leadership. It seems that I have came across a lot of things lately on feeling valued or appreciated as an employee. People tend to work harder when they fell valued or appreciated.

I have had a rough year. It's not been easy. It has probably been the hardest year of teaching that I have went through. There have been days that I didn't want to go. My stress level has been off the hook. I'm tired. I'm ready for this year to be over. I wonder if I'm doing anything right? It doesn't feel like it. Am I doing anything right?

I have written on this topic before, but this is another example where I feel that I'm at least doing one thing right.

I'm not really sure what the topic in Connections class was, but for some reason on Friday, I got a few emails from students. Below is one that I received. It helped me realize that among all the negativity, all the stress, all the weak-sauce attempts, that I am doing something right.

If there is anything that makes me feel appreciated is a note. Thank you to this student that wrote it. Thanks for noticing. Thanks for seeing others. Thank you for thanking someone.

Who could you thank today?

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