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GiveThx Practices
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1Group Gratitude5 minAll GradesProcess checkWrite individual thx notes recognizing productive behaviors.
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2Partner Gratitude4 minAll GradesProcess check
Write a partner a thx note recognizing a productive behavior of theirs.
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3L/R/Pick Gratitude7 minAll GradesKinesthetic
Form a circle. Write thx notes to the people at left and right and a 3rd.
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4Gratitude Wave4 minAll GradesInterventionEveryone sends a thx note to one person.
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5Behavior Challenge4 minAll GradesChallengeEveryone sends thx notes only for one behavior.
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6Peer Gratitude4 min2nd & UpChoiceSend thx notes to peers of your choice.
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7New Gratitude4 min2nd & UpInterventionSend thx notes to peers you have not sent to (or sent few to).
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8Write & Shoutout5 minAll gradesModelingSend thx notes and then share
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9Thank, Pair, Share7 minAll GradesDialogueSend thx note, discuss with partner, share out with class.
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10Grateful Moment5 minAll GradesPublic SharingForm a circle and share grateful moments from the day.
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11Gratitude Letter15 minAll GradesCommunity
Create a handwritten thank you letter. Give it to the person. Reflect.
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12Face-to-Face Gratitude10 minAll GradesInterpersonal
Write a thx note to someone. Read it to them, face-to-face. Reflect.
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Reflect
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1Check-In5 min2nd & UpCheck-InStudents share one thing they want their teacher to know.
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2General Thx5 minAll GradesJournalingWrite about something general you are thankful for.
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33 Good Things5 minAll GradesChallenge
Write down 3 things that went well that day & associated feelings.
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4Grateful by Subtraction10 min2nd & UpPerspectiveThink of the difference if an event or relationship did not happen.
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5Message Received8 min2nd & UpSelf-AwarenessPick a favorite thx note received and explain why.
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6Message Given8 min2nd & UpSocial AwarenessPick a favorite thx note given and explain why.
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7Strengths Inventory10 min2nd & UpSelf-Awareness
Analyze data & thx notes to identify personal character strengths.
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8Giving Inventory10 min2nd & UpSocial Awareness
Analyze data & thx notes to identify trends in gratitude to others.
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9Class Trends5 min2nd & UpClass Data
Review class gratitude trends & consider the reasons behind them.
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10Gratitude Letter15 minAll GradesCommunity
Create a handwritten thank you letter. Give it to the person. Reflect.
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11Face-to-Face Gratitude10 minAll GradesInterpersonal
Write a thx note to someone. Read it to them, face-to-face. Reflect.
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12Gratitude Interview20 min2nd & UpReportingInterview an adult about something they are grateful for. Reflect.
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1Teach a TagVariesAll GradesVocabularyTag Teaching Cycle:
1. Students individually write what it sounds and looks like in practice.
2. Pair share.
3. Report out to create a class list and post it on the wall for reference.
4. Spend 2-4 weeks having students recognize the tag in one of the notes they write.
5. End cycle with a reflection.
6. Repeat.
***A class/school challenge is a great compliment (i.e. recognize 1000 acts of kindness during the cycle).
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2Temperature Check3 min2nd & UpCheck InAssign a custom reflection to create space to surface concerns and information to get closer to your students: "What's one thing you'd like me to know about you right now?"
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3Positive Home Contact2 min2nd & UpParentContact a parent & tell them something you are thankful to their child for to nurture positive behavior, relationships, & self-esteem
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4Echo Thanks1 minAll GradesTeacher-StudentAdd your thanks for something that you notice another person thanked a student for. Helpful first step to connect in an asset-based way with student a teacher struggles to connect with.
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5Door Mini-Conference10 secAll GradesTransitionsCatch a student entering/leaving class and thank them for something (i.e. their focus on task in group work). Great way to reinforce productive behaviors & build teacher/student relationships.
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6Desk/Hall Conference1 minAll GradesConferenceAsk a student to speak with you at your desk/in the hall and thank them for something (i.e. productive behavior, etc.). Redefines what is usually a critical interaction into a positive one.
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7Positive Narration5 secAll GradesNarrationThank a student(s) out loud in class for an expectation being met or productive behavior to reinforce it
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One for All Before a 2nd
---All GradesInclusion
Thank each student once before thanking someone for a second time
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9Choice Board1 minAll GradesChoice
A student picks a shape to move to reveal the class practice that day
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10Student Facilitation---All GradesLeadershipA student picks and facilitates the task instead of the teacher.
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11Book Alignment - ES---K-6Reading
Align giving and reflection to a book the class reads for greater context
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Book Alignment - ES/MS
---K-6Reading
Align giving and reflection to a book the class reads for greater context
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13Video ComplimentsVaries4th & UpVideos
Align giving and reflection to a video the class watches for context
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14Spiral ThanksVariesAll GradesSpiralingAsk students to thank someone using a previous taught tag to reinforce it. Reference posted criteria (i.e. what kindness sounds and looks like).
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15Shining StarsVariesAll GradesIndividual CelebrationBring one or two students struggling with behavior/academics to a faculty meeting and give them a gratitude wave followed by a few public shoutouts to build them up and celebrate them.
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16Staff Appreciations3 minAll GradesAdult ConnectionA teacher facilitates a gratitude wave to a staff member to appreciate and build student relationships with them. Picking someone not always in front of students can be powerful (i.e. office manager, custodian, etc.)
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17Staff Meetings3 minAll GradesProcess ChecksIntegrate partner / group gratitude practices into staff, department, grade level, etc. meetings as process checks, thanking colleagues for behaviors and ways of being that made the work go well. Excellent way to reinforce norms and relationships.
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18Weekly Staff Emails2 minAll GradesNewsletterInsert data of total school giving and progress towards giving goals (i.e. 1000 acts of kindness recognized) to motivate staff. Ask them to give to one student and/or colleage each week/day.
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19Staff Parallel WorkVariesAll GradesCapacityHave staff at a faculty meeting or via weekly email do the practice they will be asked to lead with students to increase buy-in and build necessary capacity to maximize fidelity.
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Grade / School Thanking
VariesAll GradesChoiceStudents thank someone outside their class in their grade level or school. To facilitate this (and to keep things fresh and allow for growth across the school), have students join an additional class that has new people they can thank. i.e. A 3rd grader joins a 3rd grade class to be able to thank other 3rd graders. Later, they join another class called "school" to be able to thank anyone in the school. Do this as capacity and culture permit.
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