I hope you had a wonderful spring vacation and are enjoying the warm weather. Thank you so much for the wonderful breakfast this morning – the time and effort you put into preparing the event is so appreciated.
I know several of you attended the DPA meeting yesterday and had a chance to hear the speaker, Sanam Pejuhesh. I was teaching a class so couldn’t make it, unfortunately, but I heard it was very helpful and a nice complement to Kristen Race’s talk. I hope to see many of you on Friday for our book discussion on Kristen’s book, Mindful Parenting.
I wanted to share with you an article I read a while ago that struck a chord with me and also aligns well with Kristen’s message. It’s from a December issue of the Wall Street Journal and discusses how to help our children develop a sense of gratitude.
I remember one of my first years teaching, I attended a two-day workshop on collaborative learning. As we investigated the benefits of having our students work in groups, we were put into groups ourselves to experience the collaboration firsthand. The instructor had us go through a particular process for each group initiative. Essentially, we were given a problem to solve, we worked in groups to solve the problem, and then we debriefed. The final stage was called the appreciation stage, where we focused only on positive things we had noticed our teammates doing.
After going through the process, we debriefed with the instructor, and several of us mentioned that we felt the appreciation step felt contrived. We felt silly saying, “John, I really liked the way you made your point during our discussion,” or other such things. The instructor’s response was that it seemed contrived because we don’t usually take the time to appreciate one another and thus we were not used to it. She assured us that by carving out time for... » read more