The Thank You’s #sol18
May 29, 2018
I like to think of myself as not particularly sentimental. I don’t have many keepsakes from childhood or special moments. I pretend I’m ok with goodbyes and transitions. But I have one little thing that gives it all away.
Few people know that I have a file for each year of my education career. In this file is the usual professional development certificates, the occasional evaluation. The heart of these files are the notes. I know most people keep notes from students, notes from parents, their evaluators, even colleagues, but I keep every random thank you.
What??? Yep, on the rail above my desk is a clip with every single thank you I’ve received in writing this year. Most are quickly scribbled thank you’s with a smiley face. Some say a little more like Thank you for the fun activity. Many that came were quickly stuck on the cover of a borrowed book. Sometimes I can remember exactly what elicited the thank you, sometimes I can’t. But each one of them reminds me why I am actually here in this place at this time with the people.
I’m here to help. I’m here to take whatever knowledge, time, and experience I have to make the learning, working and striving experience of those folks around me more successful, easier, and less isolated.
These little post its and longer notes remind me to keep going. Keep going when change creeps up. Keep going when students or teachers leave when it doesn’t feel finished. Just keep going.
So today I memorialize those thank you’s and everything they mean. You’re welcome. I was thrilled, happy, and honored to do whatever it was that caused you to write them. I look forward to doing so much more.
A big thank you to my Slice of Life community and Two Writing Teachers for filling my heart with gratitude about the depth and breath of a thriving PLN. Read some amazing slices here at twowritingteachers.org