Friday, November 16, 2018

"Appreciation is a wonderful thing: it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well." Voltaire

Two former colleagues passed away withing the past week, and both were extraordinary educators. Both shared a great passion for knowledge, teaching, and both the written and the spoken word. Both had high expectations of their students, and they shared a strong belief in their respective students. Both were revered.  Links to their obituaries are posted on a school/community Facebook page, and the accolades written by past students are so touching. The two English teachers who passed would have been both embarrassed and delighted to read the comments written by their former students.  Reading these expressions of grief and gratitude made me think this thought:  I hope those students took the time to write a personal note or make a phone call to show their appreciation for these two teachers while they were still alive, rather than extolling praise after they passed.

Showing appreciation to others is so important.  Because teachers never have a "finished product", positive feedback is a gift.   Teaching is so stressful and demanding, trying to make accommodations for so many individual students, that a small note or any form of of appreciation is a real "pick me up"  on any draining and busy day.  I saved every note given to me by my students and their parents, and many of my teacher friends did, too. I used to keep some of the notes in my desk drawer, and on a particularly difficult day, I would read those notes, and the notes would give me the energy and the impetus to continue.

Did this post make you think of a favorite teacher, or a special teacher who made you believe in yourself?  Today is a great day to write a short note or make a phone call.  Sharing your message of gratitude will lift both of you!  In this week of Thanksgiving, show your thanks. "Appreciation is a wonderful thing: it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well." Voltaire 

As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. 
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