Our students studied health this past month, which I found appropriate as I asked my students this past week what they were thankful for. Health was their number one answer!
Even as we enter the coldest months of the year, always rampant with flus and colds, and we face a new virus, we are still thankful that we have our health. These words were not given lightly as many of my students have already been affected by coronavirus in their families and friends, and they all hope that we continue to stay healthy.
Additionally my students told me that they were thankful for family, friends, a safe home, food, and jobs.
But most importantly, my students are also thankful for the opportunity to continue learning English, even if it is not in a traditional classroom. They are thankful for Zoom, the Internet, and their teachers that continue to reach out and teach them.
And I am thankful too. I am thankful that my students are dedicated, hardworking, and inquisitive. I am thankful that my students continue to thrive even when things look bleak. I am thankful that we are able to provide English classes to such wonderful people. I certainly miss them in my classroom, but I am beyond grateful that we have found a way to connect and continue on through this pandemic. I am so grateful that my students have remained strong and healthy. I am happy that those who have been sick, have been able to return to the Zoom classroom. I am thankful that we are here to celebrate together.
Written by Heather Glidewell | LSS Center for New Americans | Adult ESL Instructor
300 East 6th Street, Suite 100 | Sioux Falls, SD 57103