This is the second part in a series of blogs devoted to self-care for educators in the context of facilitating a thriving inclusive classroom. If you haven’t read part 1, you can do so here.

 

As a review, in the first blog we talked about how filling one’s “cup” with activities and practices can make us better prepared to fill others’ cups. Have you been practicing taking time to fill your cup? Good.

 

Now – let’s explore how being intentional with gratitude can transform a classroom.

 

Say it with us: “Gratitude is transformational.”

 

Look for the positive in any situation and your mood will begin to transform.  If you open any book about happiness and you will find an entire chapter devoted to gratitude. This is considered the number one happiness booster by most happiness researchers. If you haven’t tried it personally, it is a powerful experience and a joy game-changer.  If you have tried it, you might want to recommit to the idea.

 

Try it

Write down (yes, grab a pen and paper – now!) what you’re grateful for every day, in whatever way feels best to you. Ask yourself, “What am I thankful for today?” No matter how you choose to write it. Your gratitude writing can take  many forms. Just stop and ask yourself, “What am I thankful for today?”

 

Gratitude writing ideas

  • Gratitude journal;
  • Gratitude sticky note collage;
  • Gratitude drawing;
  • Gratitude writing file- on your computer;
  • Gratitude email to yourself;
  • Gratitude texts with friends;
  • Gratitude lists in alphabetical order;
  • Gratitude lists color coded and formatted.

 

Gratitude writing rituals

Put your gratitude journal by the side of your bed and create a night-time ritual. Write outside before school or after school. Do yoga or meditation before writing to spend some time thinking about all you have to be thankful for. Have a gratitude partner, and send notes of gratitude to each other before going to sleep and turning off your devices.

 

Practicing gratitude will carry over to your students, co-teachers, and administration. Try it this week!

 

On the next blog, we’ll look at how taking care of one’s body will help with a thriving classroom.

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