Support students’ wellbeing by suggesting a daily or periodic practice of gratitude, promote radical self-compassion.
Promoting wellbeing at the beginning of semester, mid-semester, end of semester – beginning of class, end of class, asynchronous assignment, shared or private.
Minimal – prepare prompts and tips (see resources).
In the video, three faculty developers explain their own personal regular gratitude journaling practices. Ideas include making time in the morning to prepare for a day where you notice things for which you are grateful, and making time at the end of the day to reflect on things you are grateful for.
Teachers and students should feel free to adapt to what fits their purposes and suits their context.
Classroom applications include:
Individually, it can take 5 minutes of someone’s day. It could take 5 minutes at the beginning or end of class, or if people want to talk, it may take longer. It can be a written assignment or just a suggested, ungraded practice, but you can grade students’ reflections on how it has made them feel (e.g. ask students to do it daily for a week or two, then reflect on the process). The Growing forward journal from Stacy Thomas is about 15 minutes of journaling.
There are no rules with this activity, it can be done privately, offline, or collaboratively, online; it can be done orally or in writing, though the recommendation is to have it written in a place one can go back to. One adaptation might be to encourage people to take photos or videos of small delights they encounter in the day, and share with the rest of the class.
Pen/cil and paper (though one could write digitally too).
Gratitude Journal Templates:
Other Useful Resources:
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