Monday, May 7, 2012

The Video That Made THIS Teacher Feel Appreciated!

I am thanking Brian Asselin. And after you watch this video, you'll be thanking him too!

Maybe you've already seen this, but for me, this video was new.
And it made my heart swell with JOY that someone could home in so accurately on the many hats a teacher wears on any given day.
To me, it seemed as if Brian used his experience to express his appreciation in a way that celebrates ALL of us...

I work at a small school. The secretaries are the nurses and counselors, the teachers are often PTA board members and always committee members, the librarian helps with noon duty, and the principal can't always guess what her next task might be. This amounts to a few people doing many things.

We don't always remember to say thank you to each other because we are so busy. Even during this special week, we're still finishing testing, planning Open House, and getting ready for field trips and report cards and promotion. I'd like to believe that parents and students don't always say thank you because the note reminding families about the significance of this day/week doesn't always get sent home (or brought home!) because it was on someone's To Do list and it didn't get done in time.

As a small school, we sometimes group our celebrations together.  So, this week, we are having a Staff Appreciation luncheon, where we will celebrate ALL of the people who work together to support our students.

Right now I am giddy with excitement and anticipation. SECRETLY, I have taught all of the sixth graders the words and signs to the song that Brian wrote from his heart.

We have some deaf teachers, assistants, and students at our school, so we often add sign language to our presentations. This always makes something wonderful even more beautiful.

So when the staff settles in to enjoy their picnic lunch, a sixth grader will step forward signing that first lovely verse... to be joined by more and more sixth graders until the whole group is signing with their hands and with their hearts to all of the people that have guided them through the years.  I am so excited, I can hardly stand it... especially since no one but the kids and the interpreters are in on our surprise!

So... Here is the video from YouTube.
If it touches you too, be good to Brian Asselin and Eric Disero. You can purchase this song from his website or iTunes, CD Baby or Amazon.

In case you're wondering, we've chatted on e-mail, and Brian seems just as sweet "in real life" as you would have guessed by his song.

Sit back, grab a tissue, and feel appreciated...

See... Lovely, isn't it?

Wishing you a Wonderful Teacher Appreciation Day or Week... however you celebrate.
And, even if it is just a cyberhug from a BloggerFriend (or warm wishes in song-form from Brian), consider yourself appreciated!


  1. What a blessing that will be for your staff. Please get someone with a flip camera to record that for us!!! Thanks for sharing this - we've posted it to our school website to share with our staff as well.

    Your school is SO lucky to have caring mentors like you!


  2. That was just the thing I needed. Beautiful!!! And I agree with Barbara...tape it for us!!! :) I would love to see 6th graders singing it!

  3. omg are you the sweetest or what?!?!? what a sweet gesture to your colleagues!!!! Can you move to my school please?!?!?!?!

    You're amazing my friend!!!

  4. Oh my goodness, Kim - how wonderful will that be!?! You are truly inspiring!!!

    Runde's Room

  5. I wish that all of you could have seen it. It was truly lovely and brought tears to so many of our eyes. I was sitting at a table with a deaf student teacher. He was so impressed and thought that they must have been practicing for months. It was a very moving experience for all of us. Thank you, Kim!


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