GUEST BLOG: Challenge: Gratitude

by Kate Kennedy

November is the month of gratitude. We have an entire day dedicated to sitting around a table with friends and family and actually telling each other what we are grateful for. Forget about the food coma that comes afterwards, and the rush to head out to the Best Buy line, that five minutes around the table is one of the best parts of my year and something we should all be doing more than once.

So that’s gotten me to thinking about how we could jam this once yearly tradition in our own classrooms. What if we took 5 minutes at the end of class every Friday to just share with each other something we are grateful for or appreciative of?

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Kate Kennedy is an 8th grade U.S. History/Civics and English teacher in Maine. She has 12 years of experience and has taught students of all levels as a technology integrator. Named the Gilder Lehrman 2018 Maine History Teacher of the Year, Kate has recently started to apply elements of gamification to her classes and has created a blog dedicated to figure out ways to ‘jam’ out in class (www.classjam.wordpress.com)  Kate can be found on Twitter @MaineTeacher and is the co-founder of the #SocStudMe chat that focuses on social studies education on the 1st Thursday of every month at 7pm EST.

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