Good afternoon, Fellow Educators,
I trust that you are maintaining your sanity in this chaotic time of the semester. With all of the work demands as well as the personal obligations everyone is managing, it is just a stressful time. It is my hope that this letter from Santa that is borrowed with permission to redistribute from Mike Gorman at (http://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/) will brighten your spirits.
A Letter from Santa
I have been meaning to write this letter for a long time! It is a letter that I feel is long overdue and with the elves getting all ready for my long ride, I finally found the time! I have been watching teachers for many years and I am amazed at the work they do. I have come to a conclusion that the teaching profession, like my own, must be filled with bits of magic! Please let me provide ten statements of evidence for my belief.
1. I travel the world one night of the year visiting all the boys and girls of the world. The teaching profession works with every boy and girl all year long. This equates to each teacher fulfilling educational needs for 30 – 200 children each and every school day. Seems like magic to me!
2. I deliver presents to all the boys and girls. From my Toy Repair Shop statistics I find many of these gifts are broken or no longer garner a child’s interest within months! Yet teachers find inner gifts in every child. Teachers nurture these inner gifts until they develop into true presents that will last a lifetime. These kinds of gifts sure seem like magic to me!
3. I keep my naughty and nice list for every child. Some people believe this job is pretty amazing! Yet when I look at the teaching profession, teachers provide a constant evaluation of all their students! Their list covers all the aspects of developing and learning which they report to children’s parents and to the children themselves! This evaluation is based on a wide variety of observations, data, and student performance. Teachers will then use this list to help improve each and every student! Wow, keeping track of every student’s ability and prescribing ways to be successful must really be magic!
4. I leave presents to students who are on the nice list and who believe in me. Teachers work with all children because they believe in every student. Teachers continue to do so, even when students stop believing in the educational system’s ability to help them achieve. That type of persistence has got to be magic!
5. I have operated my workshop using the same technology for hundreds of years and it has worked for me. Then again, I work with children when they are asleep, delivering presents in my own way. Teachers work with children when they are awake and they have spent time learning how to engage children using googles, blogs, phlogs, glogs, prezis, and all these other words I really don’t know! Being able to teach, transform, and accommodate for this new digital generation must really be magic!
6. I have made it a practice to leave coal behind for children who do not make my good list! It seems every year the same children always get the coal. Teachers refuse to leave coal, in fact, they are working hard at leaving no child behind. To work towards a goal of leaving no child behind is a true act of magic!
7. I read the news and I am always so thankful to read all the nice articles about my work. It really does provide me with motivation to keep up my vocation. I read news articles about the education profession and it seems that most articles are unsupportive. Yet, teachers keep working hard at providing success for their students! These teachers must be operating on a little bit of magic!
8. I have thousands of elves, of course the reindeer, and the community of the entire North Pole to assist me. Teachers work every day, many times by themselves, as they provide new opportunities for their students! Carrying that load alone must be much heavier than my bag of toys. It must really be magic!
9. I receive many a thank you and millions of pictures of happy faces as children open their presents each year. Teachers don’t always get the thank yous, or may never see the present get eventually opened. When they do, appreciation may come from decades later! A thank you that appears after many years must be the result of pure magic!
10. I discovered a light in Rudolph brightens up a dark, foggy, or snowy night so that I can deliver joy to all the children across the world. Teachers provide the light that brightens our world in both the darkest night and brightest day! It is the light of learning and knowledge! The ability to keep that light burning bright must take a quite a bit of magic!
You see, I have found that magic does not come easily! It is made possible only by those who work hard and keep believing, and seek what they know is possible! As you can see, there must be a great deal of magic in the education profession! Please continue to keep this magic alive and know that you are all on my good list! After all, I had to learn all that I do from somewhere! So from across the years I know I have many teachers to thank! Last, to all teachers across the world… I really do believe in you!
Thanks for all the magic,
Now for activities to help keep the students engaged at this time of the year that are educational (if you use them appropriately). Check out these sites!
Social Studies and Christmas – http://www.squidoo.com/Christmasactivities2
Christmas in French (site has audio) – http://www.frenchlearner.com/vocabulary/christmas/
Twelve Days of Christmas (Biblical reference) – what do each of the days gifts represent? Look and see. http://christmas.infospoon.com/a-christmas-history-lesson.html
Education Insights – have the students explain these famous holidays sayings from the Grinch and others. http://degreesearch.org/blog/education-inspiration-10-christmas-cheer/
Now for the “everyday” items…
Check out these chemistry assessments and lessons for grades 10 and 11. http://www.sharemylesson.com/teaching-resource/Simple-assessment-50007433
Videos on various topics with computers and coding – http://www.youtube.com/user/codelesson
Looking for ideas on incorporating math? http://pinterest.com/weareteachers/instant-math-centers/
Please feel free to follow me and/or Craig on Twitter. We both send tweets of educational interest. Craig’s Twitter is RCUBBTech. My Twitter name is RCUOnlinePD.
This letter has gotten a little long. So I will leave you with this. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at the RCU! We wish you a wonderful season with family and friends. Be safe and make lots of wonderful memories during this holiday season.
- IPEVO Introduces their Wishpool Ed Tech Initiative; Teachers Can ‘Make a Wish’ for Technology in Their Classrooms (prweb.com)
- Online Education Programs – The Gateway for The Teaching Profession (socyberty.com)
- New Education Book Provides School Strategies Benefiting both the Teacher and Student (prweb.com)
- See How the Nation’s Leading Educators are Implementing the Common Core Standards (prweb.com)
- How to keep talented teachers from leaving (csmonitor.com)
- A Very Special Letter From Santa… Ten Reasons Why Teachers Must Be Magic! (21centuryedtech.wordpress.com)
- Melinda Gates: Without Teachers, the Classroom Is Just a Room (huffingtonpost.com)