What I Am Thankful For

Small things I am thankful for….

* Coffee

* Jars, jars, and more jars of Peanut Butter

* Hot water and power

* The sound of giggles

* Amazing, loving, loyal, and caring friends

* Crisp, fresh apples

* Electric toothbrushes

* My health

* Cookies

* Creative combinations

* Cashmere

* Kale

* More Kale

* And even MORE Kale

* Equal rights

* The ability to impact a student’s life

* Showing girls and boys that a woman can be good at math

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Teacher’s Day!

Happy Teacher’s Day and Happy Teacher’s Week! Yes, the first full week of May is National Teacher Appreciation Week.  Hooray! And tomorrow (Tuesday) is National Teacher’s Day.  For those of you who don’t know, when I am not blogging/raising my son/exercising/cooking random healthy food concoctions, I am a middle school math teacher.  This is actually my 8th year of teaching math and I have taught in both public and private high schools and middle schools on the West Coast and East.

I love teaching.  Getting through to a student and making a difference is an incredible feeling.  I am obviously biased, but I think teachers are incredibly underappreciated (and underpaid!).  Especially living in New York where there is so much wealth and so many people who work in finance, it seems crazy to me my mind that teachers aren’t more appreciated, and that there isn’t more of an effort to attract people to education.

Teachers do love being told that they are making a difference.  So if you are a student, a parent of a student, or a friend of a teacher, make sure you do something to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week and Teacher’s Day.  A small comment, thank you note, or other sign of appreciation goes a long way. Trust me!!

Who is your favorite teacher and how did he or she affect your life? Tell your story and forward this to your teacher! I can tell you from first hand experience how incredibly touching any thank you, email, note, or hug means. It is those moments that make teaching all worth it.

Anika Yael Natori, aka, The Josie Girl

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