One of the things I really appreciate is that my school is an International Baccalaureate Candidate School, and one of the things I appreciate most about the IB Primary Years Programme is the IB Attitudes. We want our students to be global citizens who exhibit respect, independence, confidence, tolerance, enthusiasm, curiosity, creativity, cooperation, empathy, commitment, integrity, and appreciation.
As a school, we're focusing on appreciation this November — I'm guessing because it goes along well with Thanksgiving. As I was trying to prepare an initial lesson on what appreciation is and how we go about exhibiting that attitude on a regular basis, I was struck by how little appreciation I really show.
I can honestly say that I am extremely appreciative of my students, my aides, my fellow co-workers, and the simple fact that I have a job, but I'm also extremely positive that I'm appreciative of all these things only on the inside. I'm pretty sure nobody, except those of you reading this right now, has any idea how appreciative I really am, which is really sad.