This post is made possible with support from Greater Good in Education website. All opinions are my own.
November is fast approaching along with school breaks. It is such a great time to talk about expressing gratitude. From the things students say to how they express their feelings in writing. Often times, Thanksgiving is shadowed by Historical events. A lack of the true understanding of friendship, gratitude and thankfulness. Enjoy this Expressing Gratitude activity thanks to the Greater Good in Education website.
I love the idea of bringing the Greater Good in the classroom. After searching around the Greater Good in Education website, I found this “Expressing Gratitude” activity to implement. They have a wide range of ideas, projects and practices any teacher would find useful.
For this exercise we decided to write down acts of gratitude, acts of kindness and compliments. Each one anonymous, to help everyone feel comfortable to share. Once they were written out we read them out loud and hung them on the classroom board. I was surprised what the students felt were kind acts and what they were grateful for. As an adult I always think of larger things but as kids they enjoy the simple things in life.
Here are a few that really struck me:
” I am thankful for my Mom. She does everything for me including taking me fun places and giving me hugs”.
” Someone gave a quarter for our Aldi shopping cart, that was kind”.
If you are in the education industry you might be overwhelmed with resources. I know I am at times. That is why when I find great places for classroom content I love to share them. The Greater Good in Education website is a collection of science‐based practices for integrating social‐emotional learning, mindfulness, and character education into the DNA of classrooms and schools.
Do you or your kids think deeply about a person’s intentions?
Does this encourage you to be kinder?