Wishes for the Holidays and New Year

May your classroom be full, but not too full, of eager students.

May your students not be jaded.

May they have had a good night’s sleep.

May they greet you when they come in and bid you goodbye when they leave.

May they look you in the eye but not get in your face.

May they never say “whatever.”

May they get their work done—by themselves.

May their parents appreciate what you do for them.

May your lessons fall on keen eyes and ears.

May your bag of tricks be bottomless.

May the only added value in your life be the value added to your abundantly deserved retirement accounts.

May your administrators be educational leaders and decent human beings.

May they appreciate teaching more than a business plan.

May your professional relationships with your colleagues be fruitful and productive.

May nothing in your building leak.

May your school’s network work.

If these wishes do not entirely come true, may you be possessed of the serenity to accept the human condition and the keenness to relish what you have.

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