It was a wonderful 1/2 day before Thanksgiving that I had the recent chance to share with my students. I put my lesson plans and all my technology tools aside for that day and simply sat in a large open circle with my high school students. I posed a simple question to all that day and just sat with them and we all listened to each other and looked into each others eyes. The question was "What are you thankful for?"
When I decided to do this I initially misjudged thinking there was no way these high schoolers would go for this. Okay, they didn't want to hold hands, but I was quite humbled by the willingness and the participation of the students. It was as if they craved this opportunity. It felt good. As the day went by, class after class, I found many similar responses. We all left that day with a smile and a good feeling. Sometimes we all need to just simply go back to the basics even if it is only for a moment in time.
May the peace and blessings of the Holidays be yours; and may the coming year be filled with happiness.
What a great way to encourage communication and provide an opportunity for 100% participation. The 'eye contact' is missing with so many of our youth. They look anywhere but at the individual they are speaking to. Thanks for sharing!
This is a wonderful activity to encourage all students to participate since they all have something to share without feeling pressured. What about putting a new twist on this idea and have students share what they hope to accomplish in the new year as 2014 begins?