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A Teacher's
Prayer of Thanksgiving

Thank you, God, for I am a teacher. As a teacher, I have the power to educate, to inspire, to challenge, to comfort, to reassure, to ennoble. The scope of my influence is incalculable; each of my students leaves my classroom changed in some way by what I did and said. Through those students, I have the power to change the world.

Thank you for entrusting me with that responsibility. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to do what I love. Thank you, too, for providing those things that enabled me to love what I do. Thank you for

Look What She Starr-ted!

Linda Starr, a former teacher and the mother of four children, has been an education writer for more than a decade. Starr is the curriculum and technology editor for Education World.

Previous StarrPoints
  • the administrator who trusted my judgment and supported my decisions -- no matter who questioned them.
  • the parents who faithfully showed up for parent-teacher conferences -- to listen, to communicate, to cooperate.
  • the surprise assembly that held my students' interest -- and got me off my feet.
  • the substitute who, without complaint, turned sometimes sketchy plans into exciting lessons.
  • the student who struggled but refused to give up.
  • the creative teammate who freely shared her best ideas.
  • the party at which no self-described wit expounded on my "high pay and short hours."
  • the student who suddenly "got it."
  • the days with no surprises.
  • the student who knew more about technology than I did.
  • the unexpected absence of my most disruptive student.
  • the specials who provided activities that supported my curriculum.
  • the colleague who covered my class for five minutes so I could run to the restroom.
  • the practical in-service session that held my interest.
  • the competent aide who gave me time to teach.
  • the volunteers who baked cupcakes, chaperoned field trips, and provided enrichment activities.
  • the colleague who swappped recess duty -- or cafeteria duty or bus duty -- when I absolutely, positively had to have a few minutes to myself.
  • the unexpected holiday.
  • anyone who -- at any time, for any reason -- remembered to say "Thank you for being a good teacher!"