As has been a ritual in my family for as long as I can remember, I would like to share some of the things for which I am thankful . . .
I am thankful for my wonderful husband – we just celebrated eight fabulous years of marriage on Nov. 20th.
I am thankful for my loving family and supportive friends. I am thankful for my health and for a career that I love. I am also thankful for having had the opportunity to travel and to return to a home that I love.
I am thankful for Google Docs – this synchronously editable online document suite has made professional collaboration and personal organization a breeze.
I am thankful for Discovery Education streaming – the media library has enlivened my classroom instruction and the builders (quiz builder, writing prompt builder, and assignment builder) have made differentiating instruction and increasing student motivation easy.
I am thankful for Wikispaces and Ning – these two online applications have taken my teaching into the 21st century. Both are also school-friendly (eliminating advertisements and allowing for customized levels of security). These applications have allowed my students to connect with their peers who are half-way around the globe.
Lastly, I am thankful for all the Web 2.0 applications that have allowed me to connect with other educators from all over the world, construct my own professional learning community, and be inspired every day by the amazing work that all of you do and are willing to share.
Disclaimer – My husband has already stated that he thinks this post is horrendously geeky and he is officially embarrassed on my behalf . . . When I published on my Cliotech blog earlier this morning, he was laughing.
I wish all of you in the PA DEN a Happy Thanksgiving!