Gratitude & Kindness: Appreciating & Creating a Colossal Dose Of Sunshine One Ripple at a Time
I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the many blessings and opportunities I have had these past couple of months. As many of you know, I’ve taken on a new endeavor and after teaching kindergarten for 22 years, I am now an extremely grateful brand new second grade teacher. I’m in the same school so some of my students are the wonderful children I had in kindergarten two years ago.
I have an energetic, inquisitive and enthusiastic group of seven and eight year olds in the inner city of Providence, Rhode Island. My second graders are always eager to come to school and love to read, write and problem solve in such thoughtful and creative ways. My students are so appreciative of each other and all we do every day. They are culturally diverse and enjoy sharing their own unique experiences with the class. We learn from each other. My school is working hard to build community among families and staff and we have a safe, respectful environment. I am grateful to be a part of the Harry Kizirian Community.
Also as many of you know, I have been working hard to create special moments and experiences for my students by creating DonorsChoose projects and have been extremely fortunate to receive help from so many generous people. One that has had an enormous impact on my students is our Kindness Matters project. It involved nine different beautiful books that all carry a rich message of extending kindness towards all and was funded by Jen Corneau on behalf of Mobile Giving Page and Steve Harper, of Austin, Texas. My project goal was to be able to add books to our classroom library that were about kindness, acceptance and making the world a better place. I also wanted to use these books as part of carefully selected activities that would extend the messages within each book.
Here are a few special moments that happened as a result of the project.
The children all created personalized puppets and wrote autobiographies to celebrate the differences among them and show how they are all wonders.
I’ve also been fortunate and grateful for my connections with Steve Harper since I’ve begun my powerful journey and have had him as my personal virtual coach for both my personal and professional life. I signed up for the 90 Day Virtual Ripple Program two and a half months ago and can not possibly say enough about the way it has helped and supported me through a multitude of experiences and situations and has encouraged me to go above and beyond what is expected, causing, well, ripples of happiness! I was recently at a gift shop and came across this little dish of tokens and as I was reading the inspirational sayings they all reminded me of things I’ve learned through my interactions and my own self reflection throughout this time spent utilizing the Virtual Ripple Program.
Steve @rippleon Harper reminds us that every day is another chance to “Create a lasting and potentially life-changing Ripple by sharing your smile, offering a hug, and giving unconditional love and support to someone who needs it.” I’m grateful for this reminder and for each new day and opportunity I am blessed with.
I’m grateful for this little moment last Wednesday when I dressed as LadyBug Girl and guided my little scientists into formulating the most perfect witch’s brew. The children were all so happy and learned so much by working collaboratively and respectfully.
You may have noticed that I’ve been using the hashtag #CelebrateMonday and also #ThePepperEffect in many of my tweets and instastories and those of you that know me well know it’s because of the inspiration from Sean Gaillard. He is the phenomenal author of The Pepper Effect and you really need to see, hear, read, and follow for yourself to understand why I #CelebrateMonday!!!
I’m truly inspired by all I see Sean do on a daily basis at his school and his engagement and collaboration online. His constant positivity and beautiful spirit combined with his knowledge of the needs of students and faculty is unmistakably rare. He has also become a dear friend of my whole class and supporter of our classroom and we all love him to pieces.
When I take attendance the children say “Celebrate _______” depending on the day of the week and we mention Principal Gaillard often and how he wants everyone to use their knowledge as power and work hard and be kind! Even though we #CelebrateMonday we know every day counts!
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PS. Our next little classroom project is something really special ( and yummy) to help us create special memories for the holiday season and any support by sharing this link or by making a small donation would be greatly appreciated.
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