Yesterday I taught a lesson that I have been yammering on and on about over Instagram for the past few weeks - it was all about the benefits of expressing gratitude and appropriate modes of communication for expressing gratitude under various contexts. (click HERE to for the full lesson plan - it is a great one for when you need to change it up, but still want something standards-based...)
I was so happy with the way it went! Students engaged in thoughtful discussion about what gratitude looks and sounds like, what the absence of gratitude looks and sounds like, and different ways to express thanks.
The lesson begins with students writing a quick-write about a person who has greatly influenced their life. Next, we watch a video that is all about how expressing gratitude actually makes people happier - so good!
To go along with the season of giving thanks, this week's Teacher Tip Happy Hour is all about how to encourage student gratitude all year long! Enjoy!
How do you encourage student gratitude in your classroom?? Share in the comments below!!
Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!