What are you grateful for?

Thankfulness and gratitude seemed appropriate topics this week. There is a lot of research out these days on the impact of gratitude on happiness. Those people who are consciously grateful are measurably more happy.

I'm keeping this short (aren't you thankful?) if you want further reading, check out the links below.

How can we as teachers incorporate this into our lessons? 

  • Be thankful, for our students and their friends and families

  • Write thank you notes

  • Ask students what they are grateful for and listen deeply to their answers

  • Keep a teacher's gratitude journal and write down three things daily

  • Pay attention to things to be grateful for

The Character Lab on Graditude

How Gratitude Changes You and Your Brain

In Praise of Gratitude

Some things and people I am thankful for- piano version 

  • My physical therapist, Jennifer- she gave me my right arm mobility back

  • The SeaNotes Swing band that I play the piano for- it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing

  • A piano to teach with

  • The miracle of modern technology which enables me to teach students all over the world

  • You, the reader of my newsletters, you allow me to share my passion for becoming a better teacher

  • My husband for supporting my interest in music and helping with numerous recitals

At the end of my lessons I am going to be closing with three questions:

  1. What did you learn today?

  2. What did I teach today?

  3. What are you grateful for?

I'm curious about the answers. Aren't you?

Grateful teaching :-)

Sarah Beatrice Lyngra