Sunday, January 2, 2011

2011 Resolution: Saying Thanks More Often

"The world is full of secrets, gentle, shy things that some people know and some don't. The best secrets are the ones that make us happy, and the best thing about any secret is sharing it with someone else who wants to know...."--from The Secret of Saying Thanks by Douglas Wood

Two goals I have in 2011 are: (in order of least importance)
1. To blog more
I think I'm supposed to be doing this everyday,reflecting on teaching and learning in the early morning, but as you can see, my last post was right after NCTE (yep, it's January now, and that was November!)

2. To say thanks more often
This is my first in the "AM 2011 Saying Thanks" series.
I'm going to take the next several posts to say thanks to and "share the secrets" of the smart friends I'm learning from all the time.
If you are passionate about teaching, learning, reading, writing, blogging, having fun, and enjoying a good laugh from time to will want to check out the blogs below!

"The heart that gives thanks is a happy one, for we cannot feel thankful and unhappy at the same time. The more we say thanks, the more we find to be thankful for. And the more we find to be thankful for, the happier we become. We don't give thanks because we are happy. We are happy because we give thanks."

Today, I'd like to thank Patrick, Katie, Mary Lee, Cathy, Donalyn, Laura, Franki, Karen, Sharon, Karen, and Carol for making my heart happy and for teaching me so much!


Creative Literacy
Reading Year
Reflect and Refine
The Book Whisperer
Laura Robb
Web Tools for Schools
All About Comprehension
Literate Lives
Carol's Corner


  1. How is it you always have the perfect book for your story/words? It's a true gift you have. I, for one, am so very grateful to have you in my life as well.

  2. Thank you for sharing and hoping to read your thinking more. Also, thanks for sharing Sharon Taberski's new blog.

  3. What a beautiful quote from a beautiful book. Love it. I think saying thanks more often is a great reminder to all of us.

  4. Thank YOU Ann Marie! You are inspiring. Happy New Year!

  5. Marie,
    What a wonderful post on gratitude! Have you seen or heard about the book 365 Thank Yous by John Kralik. It's just got published in December 2010 and I've just started reading. What a wonderful way to start the year!

  6. Ann Marie,
    Thanks so much for your very kind words and for this very important reminder. I don't know this book, but it sounds like one I definitely want to own. Wishing you much, much joy in 2011!

  7. Ann Marie,
    I'm hosting my first ever Author Celebration with my kindergartners and they are extremely excited! Thank you for your book and your wonderful outlook on your blog.

  8. Hi Friend, At the moment I'm trying to upload my photo to your follower's gallery, and if I can't (it's taking a really long time) I'll simply be your "faceless" follower. Thanks for posting such wise words. Love you.

  9. I am thankful for YOU!! Silly, smart, goofy, clear-sighted, literate, thoughtful, giggly, southern-accented YOU!

    Happy 2011!

  10. What an inspiring blog post. Thank you for your inspiration! I'm looking forward to reading more of your great ideas this year. Happy New Year!

  11. Thank you for reminding me of all I have to be thankful for. I am fortunate enough to be living the life I dreamed of a child! I have a beautiful healthy family and the joy of spending each day with very curious (and honest) first graders!
    ~Thanks for the reminder, and your right, I feel happier taking a moment to reflect on my gratitude and having left this comment!

  12. hi. i finally got a "photo" posted. maybe i'm now your follower, twice