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Join the 30 Day Gratitude Challenge Nov. 15 – Dec. 15, 2018! Designed especially for Teachers and Students to inject positivity into the classroom.

Fall is absolutely one of my favorite times of year. This is the time of year when suddenly everyone focuses on being kind and grateful. These are things that I try to focus on every day in my classroom but sometimes applying them to real life is difficult when you do not see people doing random acts of kindness on a daily basis.

 

What is Gratitude?

Gratitude is the ability to be thankful for a kindness shown AND being able to return that kindness. This definition tells us it is more than simply using good manners and saying “thank you.” It is the ability to return the kindness.

Why Should We Teach Gratitude?

Many parents teach their child gratitude through the use of manners (i.e. saying thank you) but many forget the second part of that: returning the kindness. This is what I want to emphasize and teach in the classroom.

Returning the kindness is not simply giving someone a compliment because they gave you one. It is doing something genuine for that other person. I think an example will help us better understand.

A classmate loans you a sharpened pencil because yours breaks. You cannot return that kindness by allowing them to borrow a sharpened pencil as you do not have one. You say thank you when he hands it to you. You have used your manners and have completed the first part of gratitude. Now you have to return the kindness. How?

This is what we have to teach. There are many ways you can return the kindness. You could help them with a problem, give them a compliment, take their paper and turn it in when you are both done, or sit with them at lunch and be a friend.

How Gratitude Will Reshape Your Classroom

Teaching gratitude will create a classroom community of positive students who are helpful to one another. This creates a safe environment where every student feels valued and wanted. The more our students feel happy and accepted in our classrooms the better they learn.

30 Day Gratitude Challenge for Teachers

We are going to focus on reducing stress by focusing on the positive (and avoiding Vampire Teachers). The goal of this challenge is to help us see the good (and be thankful) for all of the things around us. This isn’t always easy but I am going to show you how to do it step by step!

Join me on Instagram for this 30 Day Gratitude Challenge beginning November 15th! Each day you will have a chance to answer what you are Thankful for.  #daisiesandchalk #passionateteaching #30daygratitudechallenge. I have left these open ended as I really want you to do the work.

We are going to look at the things that teachers complain about the most and figure out why we should be grateful for them. The we will develop an attitude of gratitude. Share your photos of what you are most grateful for.

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    Gratitude Letters for our Students

    The bonus challenge for this is to write a letter of gratitude to each of your students. My suggestion is 1 per day of the challenge. Leave it on their desk in the morning for them to find.

    Day 1: Your Most Difficult Student

    Day 2: Your Most Quiet Student

    Day 3: Your Student that is Most Often Overlooked

    Day 4: Your Student who is always recognized

    Continue working through this pattern until all of the students in your class have received a letter of gratitude from you.

    30 Day Gratitude Challenge for Students

    We can’t do a 30 day Gratitude Challenge and not include our students! I do not give homework (typically) but for this project I did.

    The Gratitude Challenge Journal is available in my shop and is open ended. You can use it as a challenge or a journal (both options are included).

    The prompts that I use with teachers on Instagram can easily be adapted to your students. I ask my students to find the positive in something they normally complain about (i.e. spelling tests). Or pick your own prompts.

     

    Why Should I join the Challenge?

    Growth Mindset is all about learning to focus on the positives. The research on this topic is extensive and has shown that what we believe is true does effect how we act and respond. By taking the time to focus on the positives in the things we are normally complaining about, we are teaching our students how to be optimistic.

    This is a life-long skill that is essential to learn. It is super easy to implement and is one that both you and your students will remember for years to come!