Three Things for Thankful Thursday #sol22 10/31

It’s Thursday–or, as our wonderful building manager calls it, “Friday eve.” Today may feel extra long since insomnia had me awake extra early. When I don’t get enough sleep, it can take more effort to embody the gentle patience my students need. I hope that a morning gratitude practice will help me reframe the day. Here are three things I’m thankful for this morning:

  1. My instructional coach. She always has a high five to celebrate a win. She’s generous with her time and resources. She jumps in to model a strategy (and gives me a much-needed moment to SIT DOWN). Her high standards remind me that I can continue to grow even during a really tough and tiring year. She asks for and takes feedback. She follows up, and she follows through. Her questions keep me thinking and wondering and striving. And the way she widens her eyes and tilts her head when she hears stories about some of the wilder things that happen at school speaks volumes without saying a word.
  2. Lynda Barry’s book, Making Comics. I love all of Barry’s books about teaching, writing, and drawing, and Making Comics is another winner. We’ve been working our way through it as part of our first unit in a new Creative Writing elective. I have seen more genuine joy on my students’ faces doing the exercises in this book than I have seen all year. And their work brings me tremendous joy as well.
  3. My devoted morning lap cats. They don’t care what time I wake up. In fact, the earlier the better. They are always ready, especially Oliver, the most devoted of all. He is really heavy and really smelly and sometimes goopy or crusty, but he has the sweetest purrs.


My theme for Slice of Life 2022 is finding inspiration in the writing of others. Each day I plan to find my slice in someone else’s words or forms. Today’s slice idea was borrowed from Hannah’s Happenings.






11 responses to “Three Things for Thankful Thursday #sol22 10/31”

  1. carwilc Avatar

    Your coach sounds absolutely wonderful! Thw way you describe her definitely gives me things to aspire to! I wonder if I listen as carefully and joyfully as she seems to do?!! I don’t know Lynda Barry’s work, but MAKING COMICS seems like one I definitely need to own!

  2. Juliana Ellington Avatar
    Juliana Ellington

    Acknowledging Thankful Thursday could be a great habit for all of us.Your description of your instructional coach’s tilting head and widening eyes made me see this too. Hooray for teaching materials that actually help you and your students, especially these days!

  3. Writing to Learn, Learning to Write Avatar

    This post is going to help me get through the day, and I’m sure it will help you! Those cats!

  4. Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski Avatar
    Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski

    Love this! Your cat is so cute. I’m glad you have an amazing instructional coach.

  5. margaretsmn Avatar

    Thankful Thursday is a thing I can get my head around this early morning. Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. jarhartz Avatar

    My friend and colleague calls Thursday iFriday Eve. It’s oh so helpful to think of what is good when we face a long days, weeks …year… glad you have your cats, coach and Linda Barry’s inspiration to get you through

  7. Slice of Life #10: Thankful Thursday | Reflections on the Teche Avatar

    […] past. Who knows why. Thank goodness this is a community full of ideas for writing, so after reading Elisabeth’s post which was inspired by Hannah, I decided to do Three Things I’m Thankful for […]

  8. Trina Avatar

    These are great things to be thankful of. I started working with a coach this year, too. Although I was formally a district literacy coach and know how powerful it can be, I have really valued the time with my coach. I am grateful for her, too.

  9. Terje Avatar

    I am a big fan of gratitude lists.I write short ones daily and longer ones once in a while. Your idea of Thankful Thursday makes a wonderful mentor text for today.

  10. arjeha Avatar

    Acknowledging things we are thankful for is a great way to realize that there are so many good things things in our lives whether they be big or small. Positive people – wonderful to be around. Books that speak to us – great ideas for helping us reach our students. Cats – purrfect for all that ails you.

  11. cvarsalona Avatar

    Elisabeth, it has been a long time since we corresponded so today is the perfect day. I am thankful for meeting you in person many years ago. it is always a plus to have a deeper connection with someone you write with. I love that you are extracting inspiration from others’ writing. That shows a true collaborative connection. Enjoy your weekend.

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