With Thanksgiving Season approaching this fall, consider
modeling gratefulness as you interact with each of your
students. Gratitude is defined as the quality of being thankful;
readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology at UC Davis
defined it this way: "First, gratitude is an affirmation
of goodness. We must affirm that there are good things in
the world, gift and benefits we've received. Second, we
need to recognize the sources of this goodness are outside
Psalm 147:7 - "Sing to the Lord with grateful praise;
make music to our God on the harp."
Appreciative Approach to Classroom Discipline:
Affirm positive/desired behaviors.
Recognize efforts and ways students are
trying to do their work.
Recognize improvements and how far they
have reached, not where they need to be.
Recognize assets, contributions, and strengths.
Express gratefulness to God for their unique gifts, talents,
Activities to Try:
Gratitude Note: Think of someone who has done
something amazing for you. This person contributed to your
life or well-being in a big way. Spend the next few minutes
writing a brief note, telling this person what they did, how
it impacted you, and the benefits you have received. Be genuine,
kind and appreciative in your note. Please specify: “This
is what you did, how it impacted me, and here are the benefits
I have received.” Then, read or send the note to them.
Three Good Things: This activity provides you with a structured
opportunity to cultivate positive experiences by reflecting
on them for a couple of minutes just before bedtime. Simply
reflect and think of three good things and savior good moments
from earlier that day. You may see improvements in resilience,
sleep quality, work-life balance, and even depression.