My current book Live Happy has great insight on how to live a happier life. One of the ways is through gratitude. I found this especially profound as my word of the year is grateful. I think that I need gentle reminders of this especially when it comes to school. We have an incredibly late spring break this year (it doesn’t start until next week) and some of my students have been mentally checking out (and a few who have physically checked out as well). I think devoting some time to gratitude lists for at least the next week will help me (and them) get through to Spring Break.
Five Minutes of Gratitude List
1.) We had a fire alarm go off last week and today. I am grateful for these alarms so that people are not injured in real emergency events. I am grateful that my students follow our directions even in the face of the high likelihood that the alarm is a false alarm. I am grateful for the building that has stood the test of the last 50 years and is a safe place for my students and I to learn.
2.) I am grateful for the use of textbooks and other resources. When my students forget their textbook, we have means of getting the information from the textbook to their eyes through taking pictures with camera phones and online textbooks. There are people in this world who would be happy with the paper version alone. We should be grateful for these resources and not get so hung up when students forget (or even purposely leave) their textbook in their lockers.
3.) I am grateful for the water I can drink. Not only is it freely available but here at school we even have a purifier. Other parts of the world would just like the luxury of pumped water.
4.) I am grateful that despite the circumstances that surround my students that they typically come to school every day. I know that some come from broken homes that are filled with situations that are not conducive to learning. Yet they still show up and I have a job.
5.) I am grateful to color. I love a new box of crayons or markers or colored pencils. I love the rainbow of hues that surround me. Color is beautiful.