What Teens Are Actually Thankful For

A first-grade teacher, a best friend, a parent — watch high schoolers read their Gratitude Letters to the people they’re thankful for. Try this gratitude exercise with your students.

Thank you Greater Good Science Center for your partnership in creating this video!

Many educators were inspired to join this field of work because they, themselves, had a teacher who inspired them, believed in them, or made a difference in their lives.

So often, teaching is like launching ships -– we get to participate in a young person’s life for a school year, and we get to help launch that young person’s ship into the world. But we often never find out where their ship travels to, or ends up.  It is rare for teachers to hear from students once they become adults.  

The power of the internet has made it possible for many of today’s educators to connect with the teachers who inspired us as children to go on to become teachers, and to let them know about the impact they have had on our lives, and the ripples they have made on the lives of our students. 

See if you can … find, and thank, those educators, coaches, and mentors who have made a difference in your life, and who have inspired you to become educators, too.

Mindfulness is a practice that supports us to not only better manage stress and improve focus – it also supports us to cultivate positive states of mind like gratitude, joy, and compassion. Learn more about Mindful Schools’ professional development courses for educators to create positive change in classrooms, schools, and at home.

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