So many adults tend to think that students, particularly teenagers, are ungrateful. So, I began to look at my own teaching to see if I was modeling gratitude. What could I do help students begin to express gratitude in their daily lives? Then, I saw this tweet:
I decided to have all of my students choose one prompt a day for each school day in November (only 9). These pieces of writing could then be polished into a Gratitude booklet as a gift for their parents. Elementary parents/guardians are continually receiving gifts from their students. I think it is time for our HS students to provide a lovely gift to their parents/guardians.
I know that I will personally benefit from this writing exercise in GRATITUDE. It is important to remind ourselves to be thankful. If I have a flush toilet and a warm bed, I have more than 2/3 of the world's population. That tends to ground me. November is a wonderful month to model and practice gratitude.