Being Thankful…

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This morning as I sit in my sister-in-law’s house in Stapleton, Co, I realized just how many things that I have to be thankful for:

  • My two wonderful children who allow me to practice “new” math lessons on them and constantly remind me the value of curiosity in learning…
  • My beautiful wife who supports me on all my teaching endeavors, but always keeps me grounded…
  • My sister, the writer, who is always willing to lend an ear and give me feedback and lets me know how proud of me she is….
  • My brother, the salesman, who reminds me through his actions that perseverance and grit are incredible attributes to have…
  • My mother, the retired teacher, who would always do her best to make her lessons fun and was a master at guided math before it became mainstream…
  • My father, who never turned down the opportunity to let any of us know just how proud he was…
  • All the students and parents who took the time to write a note or a letter letting me know the difference I made in their lives.  (I have a drawer filled with these, which I read every now and again to remind me that teaching is so much more that tests and numbers)…
  • All those principals who allowed me to try new things with my classes because I believed that it would be beneficial to my students growth…
  • My current principal, for giving me the opportunity to become a math coach, and reminding me of all the positive change that I have influenced in our school…
  • My good friend, Brian Lack, for helping me get this Math Coach position, for pushing me into creating a blog, and for lending a “math” ear…
  • All the teachers at my school who are so very willing to take what I teach them and use it right away to the benefit of their students…
  • All the teachers out their who are trying to instill character into their students because perseverance along with intelligence is what I believe creates lif long learners…

Please take a moment to reflect on this holiday, just how much we all have to be thankful for!

Sincerely,

Jason D’Arcangelo

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