It's that time of year to give thanks for what we have, not to dwell on what we want! Here's my Thanksgiving list of things I'm thankful for:
I am thankful for a classroom. When I traveled to three schools, having at least one classroom was helpful. It was my home base, and the place I stored most of my materials. Now I travel to two schools, and there is a classroom at both. I do miss pushing the cart because I enjoyed being a part of the classroom and seeing my co-workers. I know it sounds weird!
I am thankful for my co-workers. Even though going from one school to another is tricky, I'm happy to know I have friends wherever I go.
I am thankful for a budget. I have friends that teach in schools with little to no money for art supplies, and I try to give when I can to help them out. With the budget that I have, I am able to create a decent curriculum to bring everything about ART to my students.
I am thankful for a staff that doesn't look at me like I'm a plan period.
I am thankful for administration that communicates with me. Because I travel and was unaware of alot going on my first year, I vocalized my concern for wanting to know what was going on! Now I know when students transfer in/out, when a field trip or assembly happens, or even when a contest happens in the district!
I am thankful for my students. When they walk into my room, I don't hear a single complaint. Instead, I hear, "What are we making today?" or "I showed my project to my family and they hung it on the wall!" I am also thankful for their enthusiasm, their participation, their pride in being responsible, and their high fives in the hallway.
I am thankful for my art education colleagues. Yes, you guys are awesome. I love how we share ideas, stay active in the arts community, and how we are advocates for the arts in education. You rock!
I am thankful for ART. I love my job. Enough said.
Please take the time to think of what you're thankful for. And if you can't, think of ways to make your situation better for you. You spend most of your time during the day at work, away from your family. Make that time enjoyable for you!