I showed this video to my classes yesterday. I’ve shown it to my students each of the past few years, on the last class before Thanksgiving. As a scientist, I always love seeing the relationship between data and behavior. As a dad and husband, it’s humbling and convicting. As a teacher, I used that motivation to do something kind of cool.
Last week at school our students talked about gratitude and thankfulness. I was blessed to get about 50 notes of gratitude from my new students…this shocked me! So, I took it a step further: I wrote a personal note of gratitude to every one of my 150+ students…even translating a few to Spanish and Portuguese because that’s easier for a couple of my kids.
The reaction was amazing. It was the most amazing day of work in a long, long time. “You wrote one for all of us?”
“How long did this take you?”
“Mr. B. thank you. That means a lot.”
“Mr. B. you know me so well.”
“That. Made. My. Day! Happy Thanksgiving Mr. B.”
A few of the kids taped their notes to their binder (or their forehead) were so proud.
The lesson was two fold:
Thank someone today.
I challenged my Kids Kyokushin class on Monday to say “thank you” at least 5 times a day. I told them I’d do the same. Why don’t you join us?