“Our task is to educate their (our students) whole being so they can face the future. We may not see the future, but they will and our job is to help them make something of it.” ~ Sir Ken Robinson
If you agree with Sir Ken Robinson, then you’ll also agree that education serves a purpose bigger than a suite of academic outcomes that only capture part of a person’s ability at the end of the schooling process. If you agree with that statement, you might also be inclined to agree that our learners need to know how to find their purpose in life, how to be successful but in a manner which ensures their happiness and gratitude. But how do you squeeze these positive psychology messages into a curriculum that is already overburdened and where teachers lack the time to develop resources that focus on the learners’ well-being?
Gratitude trees are a visual representation of recognising acts of kindness. They are easily implemented into a classroom environment and can be the first step in a process where our learners embark on a journey of well-being and self-discovery.
On episode 25 of the Inspiration 4 Teachers Podcast Show, Ashley Manuel, Head of PE & Sport at Immanuel Primary School, Adelaide, Australia and founder of Growing with Gratitude has developed a new revolutionary approach to help teachers and learners build positive habits.
Together Ashley and I discuss simple and effective strategies to implement positive habits of well-being into your classroom.
- Benefits of introducing habits of well-being, happiness and gratitude into your classroom
- Classroom activities for promoting happiness, gratitude, mindfulness and service
- How to develop positive and engaging habits
- Modelling behaviours of service at school and in the community
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