Over this long weekend that celebrates Thanksgiving, we want to thank our readers for their work educating young people. Some, unaware of the dedication and determination it takes to be effective teachers, may joke about the number of days off in a school calendar. From 30+ years of teaching, I know that these breaks are needed to refresh ourselves, renew our energy, and reflect on our practice.
Practice teaching is not just a 6 or 8 week assignment but a lifetime of daily caring for students, believing in their potential, and cultivating their young minds. Angela Duckworth says in the PBS TED Talks Education special that “Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.” Lasting success in any field takes grit and determination for long-term goals, and often teachers never know how their work affects students’ futures.
So we thank you and hope you enjoy these precious moments with family and friends. We’ll be here for you again on Monday to support you in your practice.