Ellen and I, and probably many of you, are feeling particularly thankful at this time of year for the wonderful profession we are privileged to work in. While some individual class periods, days, weeks, months, and even whole school years can feel like not our best, there are powerful things to love about each day in our world. There are many things in my life for which I’m grateful, but in my professional life, I am so grateful for:
- good work to do that engages my mind and heart and is different every day, and a stunningly beautiful space in which to do it.
- colleagues who care about our students and their learning and are open to doing this good work together.
- awesome students who amaze me every day with their creativity, curiosity, intelligence, drive, compassion, empathy, humor, and courage.
- supportive administrators.
- books and the authors who write them, especially for young people.
- apps, websites, and tools that make our work easier and more effective.
- a free press and journalists with high standards.
- other librarians in public and independent schools who are so willing and eager to share their brilliant ideas and challenge me to do a better job (whether they mean to or not), and who speak my language and share my questions and professional values.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!