I know that we more often talk about what we are unhappy with--what Lincoln doesn't do, what our students don't do-- and there is merit in that, since until problems are defined they cannot be solved. But just for now, let's focus on the positive: what makes you most thankful as you think about your teaching experiences?
My answer, I guess, would be that I am grateful that I almost always leave my classroom and my students with more energy than I had when I entered, having been challenged, impressed, confused, enlightened, surprised, confronted, affirmed... the list could go on and on. It's a never-ending learning experience for me, and--frustrating as it can be at times-- it's fun.
Happy Thanksgiving, and may you all, as the Native American saying goes, "give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way."