Gratitude & Kindness: Appreciating & Creating a Colossal Dose Of Sunshine One Ripple at a Time

Have you been enjoying our gratitude guest series? I hope you have. Here’s our latest installment, from Mommy Teacher Fashionista:

“I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the many blessings and opportunities I have had these past couple of months.  As many of you know, I’ve taken on a new endeavor and after teaching kindergarten for 22 years, I am now an extremely grateful brand new second grade teacher. I’m in the same school so some of my students are the wonderful children I had in kindergarten two years ago.

I have an energetic, inquisitive and enthusiastic group of seven and eight year olds in the inner city of Providence, Rhode Island. My second graders are always eager to come to school and love to read, write and problem solve in such thoughtful and creative ways. My students are so appreciative of each other and all we do every day. They are culturally diverse and enjoy sharing their own unique experiences with the class. We learn from each other. My school is working hard to build community among families and staff and we have a safe, respectful environment. I am grateful to be a part of the Harry Kizirian Community. 

Also as many of you know, I have been working hard to create special moments and experiences for my students by creating DonorsChoose projects and have been extremely fortunate to receive help from so many generous people. One that has had an enormous impact on my students is our Kindness Matters project. It involved nine different beautiful books that all carry a rich message of extending kindness towards all and was funded by Jen Corneau on behalf of Mobile Giving Page and Steve Harper, of Austin, Texas. My project goal was to be able to add books to our classroom library that were about kindness, acceptance and making the world a better place. I also wanted to use these books as part of carefully selected activities that would extend the messages within each book…”

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With Tech and Twang, 

Gratitude: A Month of Guest Posts!

Welcome to November! I am most definitely NOT one of those people who skips straight to Christmas, thank-you-very-much…so that’s why I feel so privileged to have been asked to join a seasonal blog hop. Our theme for the whole month? Gratitude. Along with sixteen other educators, I will be putting my words about gratitude out into the world. I can’t wait for you to read, share, and love every single post. Who knows? You just mind find something else to be thankful for. 

About Our Guest Writer

Our first grateful guest is Adam Powley, who lives near the beach in South Carolina, and enjoys teaching in a gamified high school social studies classroom. You know that word gamified sparks one of my passions for this blog, so his words will be extra special. Start reading below…

Words on Gratitude from our Guest

“There is an interesting phenomenon when two people are in a long term relationship. Eventually the two extended families’ traditions and customs begin to merge and combine. Early in my relationship with my wife I was invited to her family’s Thanksgiving day meal which was very different than my own family’s traditions. In my family Thanksgiving a day about hunting and football with a meal thought of as secondary. Growing up in rural western New York late November is both freezing cold and deer season.

My father and uncles would all wake up at 4am dress, have coffee, and meet in some frozen field, usually covered in snow, to go hunting. Before I was legally old enough to hunt I was dragged out on this tradition as a “runner”. My job was to run through the woods making noise in an effort to chase out any sleeping deer. Thankfully, one dinner didn’t rely on actually getting any venison because another part of this tradition was that no one ever actually shot a deer. In fact I don’t ever remember a shot being fired; not by choice of course I guess the deer were smarter than our hunting party…”

Want to read more? Visit Adam’s blog to see the rest of the post, and make sure to leave a comment telling him how much you loved it. 

With Tech and Twang,