What a whirlwind week! It seems the closer we get to the holidays, the faster the pace of life feels. Is it just me? So why am I up at 4:07 in the morning writing this post? Well, some ideas are worth sharing, and I think this is one of ’em!
Thankful Notes for Thanksgiving
The month of November is rapidly counting down to the big Turkey Day. In the past, the arrival of Thanksgiving Break has always “snuck-up” on me. I mean, I’ve wanted to send my kiddos off with a sincere way of sharing with them just how much they mean to me, but never worked out a way to do it before now. Finally, it seems I’ve gotten my act together and will give them a Thankful Note on our last day of school before Thanksgiving.
At the bottom of this post is a link to these cute little cards you can print and give to your own students as a way of showing and modeling gratitude. If you don’t have access to a color printer (or don’t want to use up your color ink), you could easily print these on autumnal-toned papers such as orange, tan, and yellow.
I printed my cards on printer paper that’s slightly heavier than regular, but not card stock. Then I trimmed around the perimeter. I spent one night on the couch writing my notes, but you could also just do a few notes a day and get the job done that way, too. Here are a few ideas about what to write in your notes…
- how helpful a student is either with helping you with little teacher-tasks and/or helping other students complete an assignment
- their positive attitude – I have one student who is an absolute rock star at encouraging others – write about how they influence the class environment in a positive way
- maybe you have a really quiet student who rarely joins in the discussions, but when they do offer a comment it is totally worth listening to
- don’t forget to appreciate how stinkin’ hard school is for some students and that they show persistence every day by never giving up on learning
- what about your kindhearted, compassionate students who never want anyone left out? Write them a note expressing your thanks for making sure everyone feels included
- tell your scholars how much you appreciate the high standards they set for themselves in learning, and how that pushes everyone to learn more
- organized and responsible students need to hear that those traits earn your respect and gratitude, too
On that Tuesday before break begins, my students will walk into class with their own personalized note and a little treat waiting for them. I can’t wait to see their faces when they read what I’ve written! Click on the link below to get these cards for yourself. Happy teaching!