Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thankful? Who's Got Time?

Karen Seddon over at Tuesday's With Karen, has started a conversation about being thankful. It got me thinking about what I used to do in the classroom with my elementary students. --Back when I was a teacher at the top of the food chain (if only I realized that then).

My comment: I started to move my students FROM the old, "What I'm Thankful For" writing prompt (or craft project, you know, the turkey hand), and towards a new spin on the same prompt. I asked my students to describe at least 5 people (you know, one for each finger) who are thankful for something the student does or has done. Here's why: I wanted to take a moment during the year to allow my students to explore those things they are doing right. Not to create students who are self-centered but to give them a chance to feel good about who they are. Happy Thanksgiving everyone and by the way, my kids thank me when I take them out for Sushi!
Maybe a little superficial, but typically student in 4th or 5th grade, having drawn and written about the same thing since they were 5 or 6 years old might appreciate thinking about Thanksgiving (er, sorry, Fall Holiday) in a different way.

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