By Aubrey Murtha – I found this stellar prayer of Thanksgiving for all teachers while I was surfing the web. Check it out this holiday season!
“A Teacher’s Prayer of Thanksgiving” by Linda Starr
Thank you, God, for I am a teacher. As a teacher, I have the power to educate, to inspire, to challenge, to comfort, to reassure, to ennoble. The scope of my influence is incalculable; each of my students leaves my classroom changed in some way by what I did and said. Through those students, I have the power to change the world.
Thank you for entrusting me with that responsibility. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to do what I love. Thank you, too, for providing those things that enabled me to love what I do. Thank you for
- the administrator who trusted my judgment and supported my decisions — no matter who questioned them.
- the parents who faithfully showed up for parent-teacher conferences — to listen, to communicate, to cooperate.
- the surprise assembly that held my students’ interest — and got me off my feet.
- the substitute who, without complaint, turned sometimes sketchy plans into exciting lessons.
- the student who struggled but refused to give up.
- the creative teammate who freely shared her best ideas.
- the party at which no self-described wit expounded on my “high pay and short hours.”
- the student who suddenly “got it.”
- the days with no surprises.
- the student who knew more about technology than I did.
- the unexpected absence of my most disruptive student.
- the specials who provided activities that supported my curriculum.
- the colleague who covered my class for five minutes so I could run to the restroom.
- the practical in-service session that held my interest.
- the competent aide who gave me time to teach.
- the volunteers who baked cupcakes, chaperoned field trips, and provided enrichment activities.
- the colleague who swapped recess duty — or cafeteria duty or bus duty — when I absolutely, positively had to have a few minutes to myself.
- the unexpected holiday.
- anyone who — at any time, for any reason — remembered to say “Thank you for being a good teacher!”
Find the poem here: http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/columnists/starr_points/starr031.shtml