Sunday, May 3, 2009

Taknemmelig ....Thankful

Denne uge har været svært.... for mange grunde at jeg vil ikke skrive om. Men i dag, stoppede jeg og tænkte på forhindringerne at Mads og jeg har mødt........og jeg indset i midten af forhindringerne, har vi også haft mange gode ting som er sket, jeg er taknemmelig for!!

This week has been difficult.... for various reasons that I am not going to write about, but today when I stopped and thought about all the difficult things that Mads and I have faced, I realized that in the middle of all the difficulties, we have also had so many good things to be thankful for!!

1. Jeg fik min uddannelse godkendelse fra CIRIUS!
2. Min veninde Patti bliver bedre og bedre hver dag siden hendes operation i tirsdags og vi synes at hun skal tage hjem i dag!!!
3. Jeg vil være sammen med Jess, min familie og mine venner i Texas mindre end 4 uger!
4. Jeg har muligheden at opleve det danske forår hver dag og det gøre mig glad.
5. Jeg havde en IB møde med min rektor i fredags og før vi begyndte vores samtale, sagde han at han havde "en personlig ting at tale med mig om." Jeg kunne ikke forestille hvad det kunne være......


1. I got my education approval from CIRIUS!
2. My friend Patti is getting better and better each day since her surgery on Tuesday and we think that she will get to go home today!!
3. I get to see Jess, my family and my friends in Texas in less than 4 weeks!
4. I have the opportunity to experience the Danish spring every day and it makes me happy.
5. I had an IB meeting with my headmaster on Friday and before we started the meeting, he said he had "something personal to talk about with me." I could not imagine what it could be.....

Min chef, Herning Gymnasiums rektor, gav et brev til mig.... et brev som han modtog i torsdags....et brev som GJORDE MIN DAG! Jeg har modtaget mange specielle ting som en lærer og en rektor i 15 år ----fra elever, fra forældre og fra kollegaer. Faktisk jeg har en stor kasse ovenpå fyldt med alle specielle ting at jeg modtog i mine 15 år... Jeg bragte alle med mig til Danmark. Og nu har jeg en ting mere for min kasse.....

My boss, the principal of Herning Gymnasium, gave a letter to me....a letter that he received on Thursday....a letter that MADE MY DAY! I have received so many special things as a teacher and as a principal in my 15 years---from students, parents and colleagues. In fact, I have a huge box upstairs filled with all those special things I have received... I brought them all with me to Denmark! And now I have one more thing for my box...

I den danske gymnasium, flytter lærerne med deres elev fra 1. år til 2. år til 3. år (og jeg tror det er den bedste ting for eleverne!!!). Jeg har arbejdet som en "vikar" siden januar som mine elevers lærer som er på barselsorlov (for 1 år). Den normale ting er at læreren kommer tilbage til hendes klasser efter barselsorlov....

In the Danish gymnasium system, the teachers move with their classes from year 1 to year 2 to year 3 (which I think is the best thing for students!!). I have worked as a substitute since January for my students´ teacher who is on maternity leave (for 1 year). The normal thing is that the teacher will come back to her classes after her maternity leave.....

Dog eleverne i en af mine klasser skrev et brev til rektor, for at spørge ham om de kan "beholde mig" som deres lærer alle 3 år. De skrev om de "nye og spændende måder jeg underviser dem" og hvor de "bliver draget af mig" og de stoler mig og har en god indstilling når du kommer til engelske klass. Nu har jeg min første specielle ting som er skrevet på dansk!

However, the students in one of my classes wrote a letter to the principal, asking him if they can "keep me". They talked about the way I challenge them and how I "draw them in" to the lessons with all the new methods I use that they are not used to. They asked to keep me all three years because of the way they trust me as a teacher and how they all look forward to coming to class! Now I have my first special thing for my box that is written in Danish!!

Så.... selv om vi har svære uger, er det meget vigtigt at vi STOPPER og HUSKER de gode ting ellers vil forhindringerne tage hele vores fokus. Vælg at fokuser på foråret..... i stedet for vinter.

So.... although we have really tough weeks, it is so important that we STOP and REMEMBER the good things; otherwise the difficulties will take over our focus. Choose to focus on the spring....instead of the winter.

20 comments:

PiNG aka Patti said...

I'm going home today whether they want me to or not! :)

Amy said...

Oh that made me want to cry -the letter from your students!!! How wonderful is that?!! The photo of you in that gorgeous tree is great!! Is that a Japanese cherry tree?
Have a great day my friend- hope your weeks get better!!!

the writer said...

You are so right Kelli. Sometimes we're too occupied in all the bad things that we forget to say blessing for all the good things.

Jennie said...

Oh man, it is AWESOME that your students appreciate what you do so much!!! And that the principal is backing them and you up. Wooooot!

Archaeogoddess said...

Wow! How cool is that, that your students not only adore you so much, but that they'd actually DO something about it!! I got a little misty eyed!! You rock!

Indra said...

That is so awesome that they gave you that letter - the kind of stuff that makes you feel better about being in DK. Good vibes!

Jesper said...

Kelli. I love your attitude...it is inspiring. What a great picture - I miss danish spring!

Nichole said...

That is such a cute picture of you in the pretty tree! True spring pic. What a special thing to know that your students adore you. (Not that it surprises me) You found such a perfect and wonderful job!

'Babs' said...

That is so wonderful. You SHOULD be appreciated like this!

May said...

That's fantastic! And what a vote of confidence and appreciation from your students. :)

And what a gorgeous tree. I hope spring in Denmark is what you expected it to be.

Anonymous said...

Hello Kelli,

I am the "anonymous" Brenda from Guelph who sometimes comments on Tressa's blog.

I just want to tell you that I look so forward to your blog because you always make me SMILE.

You have a most delightful attitude and your sharing it on your blog is truly a gift to many.

So ... I for one (of many I am sure), thank you!!!

Keep smiling and enjoying that spring. All the very best,

Brenda

SH said...

Well, this made me burst into tears.
Love you.

journeyinfinite said...

This reminds me of what happened in Freedom Writers!!! :-D

American in Norway said...

How exciting for you... that is sweet... did you go & give all of your students a big hug... ahhh..
Adorable picture... hang in there chic... if you ever want to come up to fredrikstad to get away... just let me know!

Fuzzy said...

That means so much coming from Danish kids. It's definitely one for the box. Congratulations!

Caution Flag said...

Congrats, Kelli!!! I do believe a note from students to principal is the greatest gift. You must be quite a teacher:) What's your subject?

Ellen and Sharon said...

What a lovely letter! I know it makes you happy to be back into an educational setting.

Matthew said...

i needed to read this tonight...right now. thanks, and that is a beautiful picture of you. see you in a few weeks!
krys

Rachel said...

Tillykke på det at være en stor lærer! That's a great picture of you and so suitable for this post... up high & beautiful!

nettielouise said...

I am not surprised in the least to know that you are loved everywhere you go..

Maybe you should bottle a cologne or something, call it "eau de Kelli"...