Being that this a blog about what we have learned from students, I went around asking students what they are thankful for at school. I had the expected answers of teachers, friends and even gym, but the response I received time and time again was “the opportunity to learn”.
Learning was cherished beyond all else. Deep within the heart of students is not only a need to learn but also an incredible passion for learning. It is this passion that fuels creativity, critical thinking, engagement and new ideas.
However, as I reflected, students’ gratefulness for the opportunity to learn is fostered by teachers and support staff throughout our schools who take the time to make learning engaging, authentic and rigorous. It is their professionalism in planting the seeds of learning, which in turn allows students to recognize the value of learning in their lives.
This Thanksgiving weekend, I am incredibly grateful for the students who show up every day with a smile and a passion for learning. I am thankful that they inspire us as educators to constantly seek new ways to engage them in the learning process. I am also thankful for the educators in my school and across the CBE who in turn inspire students to discover their innate capacity and desire for learning.
Brad (@waffleguy74) is a husband, dad and lifelong educator. He has a passion for asking questions, playing with LEGO and spending time in the great outdoors.