What Are You Thankful For?

I'll admit right at the beginning that this post is a shameless use of all facets of my network. This blog is one of those. So, if you're someone who doesn't like it when people do that, you can stop reading, I'm sorry. But, I do ask that you give me a shot.


Thanksgiving is upon us, and customarily, people are sharing out their quips of thanks for the season. Some go through each day and give one thing they're thankful for.

I think this is something we need to do more often in education. It is very easy in today's climate to get beaten down and complain about the things going wrong in our schools. I count myself in that group. There are a lot of posts on this blog in which I extol the adversity in my classroom and building. However, I would like to invite everyone to share something they're thankful for in education. There are more wins out there than losses, and I want to make those as public as I can.

If you're not familiar with what I do nowadays, I work with TechSmith Education. Part of my job is to host a weekly podcast on the EdReach Network titled Chalkstar to Rockstar: Revolutionary Ideas in Learning. I get to share out stories of teachers doing amazing things in their classrooms each week, and I've had the chance to interview some amazing people.

Next week is the Thanksgiving episode. It goes live on Wednesday, Thanksgiving Eve, and I want to share as many stories of thanks in education as I can. To do that, I need your help. Please take 30 seconds to fill out a two question survey, of which only one question is mandatory. I'll be sharing all of the responses on the podcast as well as an accompanying blog post. If you could fill out the embedded form below and then pass it along, I'd be much obliged.

You can also share on Twitter using #eduthanks. If you want to pass the survey, you can use http://bit.ly/eduthanks.

For me, I'm thankful for teachers who continue to fight the good fight against overwhelming odds. You all are an inspiration daily (and I'm not just saying that). Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

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