When I created this blog, I decided it would be a fun tradition to always write holiday-specific posts. What could be more traditional than Thanksgiving?
Because I have so many good things in my life, this is difficult, but here are the Top 5 things I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving.
5 — My Personal Learning Network: I learn more from people on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn than I ever have in any classroom. My PLN is composed of people, with a variety of experience and expertise, who teach me something new every single day. Thanks to all of you.
4 — People who read my work: I was a classroom teacher for 20 years, but now I write and present full-time. This was a stressful transition, because I can’t make a living without people who are interested in my work. So, you see, readers are literally my lifeblood. Whether it’s one of my books, a magazine article or this blog, thank you so much for reading. Please continue, and bring friends.
3 — Teachers: I may be biased because I am an educator, but I honestly believe that teachers do a job that is more important than any other. Teachers protect, inspire and love kids. Without teachers, many children would be doomed to destitution or, worse, prison. Thank you for saving our kids — the most important job there is.
2 — ASCD: Since joining the ASCD family years ago, first as an author and now as a faculty member, I have been overwhelmed by the honesty, professionalism and love of education that this company’s employees exhibit daily. Thank you to the entire ASCD family for making me more than I once was as an educator.
1 — My family: This one may seem a bit on the nose, but I’m so thankful to have family that provides unwavering love and support for me and for my work. Without being too personal, when I decided to leave the classroom, I also left a substantial salary and benefits package behind. My amazing wife, Mollie, encouraged the move and is always the first person to save me from my own doubts. My children are a bit young to fully grasp this transition, but when I travel, they race to the door shouting, “Daddy, Daddy,” when I return, and there’s nothing better on earth than this. Thank you, my precious family. Without you I truly am nothing.
Please share what’s in your top 5, and have a very Happy Thanksgiving!
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Mark Barnes is the Founder of Times 10 Publications, which produces the popular Hack Learning Series
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