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Academic coach and former teacher

Great article. Gratitude is

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Great article. Gratitude is important to teach and practice in all areas of life. One of my favorite essay prompts for 6th graders was to write about something they were grateful for. I loved their choices - everything from their beds to candy to hair gel. Gave me a lot of insight into the minds of 12 year olds.

Educational Consultant, Virtual Education

This is an exciting article,

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This is an exciting article, so fundamental to successful teaching, leading, and solid self-esteem. We always need to lift up those around us, recognizing what gratitude really is and how it is central to who we are and how we deal with others. Thank you for writing this - the message is vital!

Educational Consultant/Author, Southern California

Great comparison of Teflon

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Great comparison of Teflon (positive comments) and Velcro (negative comments)--that's what behavior modification science tells us. Of ten comments, eight need to be positive, two negative because the negative is more powerful. So we continue to accentuate the positive--eliminate the negative, etc., and don't mess with Mr. In-Between.

I am getting my Masters in Education noq

This is a great articular. No

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This is a great articular. No matter what your occupation is you will always work harder if you feel appreciated. Making another person feel appreciated not only brightens their day but also makes you feel good as well.

I really like the idea of taking a photo everyday for a year of something your grateful for. It would constantly put you in the set of looking for the positive things in life. Imagine if the whole staff at your school did this for one year. I think the school would see a huge impact on every bodies attitudes and out look on life! Which would in turn make for a much happy place for students and teachers.

Community Manager at Edutopia

There's a discussion going on

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There's a discussion going on right now about how to teach gratitude. You can find it here:

Teacher, Writer, and Artist

Found on my desk late today

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Found on my desk late today was a jar of jelly. Nora Mill Granary Georgia Moonshine Jelly, from Gilligan, and a yellow sticky note. His words ...

This if for you Todd. Cus your my faivorihc teacher.


I’ll be danged. He’s making a solid F in class and I ride him hard but with an understanding touch. I know that doesn’t make sense, but you’d just have to be there. I give Gilligan all I’ve got, and he gives me back a jar of moonshine-flavored jelly.

It’s a square deal. A struggling child’s affection. What can compare?

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