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Make Gratitude Their Attitude: How Students Can Show Appreciation in the Classroom

It’s easy for students to get swept up in the hustle and bustle of the school year. From projects and homework to extracurriculars and keeping up with their friendships, they may need something that helps them feel more grounded. Gratitude can do just that.

Fostering a sense of gratitude within the classroom and the school community can have a big impact both on students’ well-being and on the overall learning environment. Let’s explore how students can show gratitude in the classroom and all of the benefits that come with it.


What Does Gratitude Look Like For Students?

It’s easy to have an attitude of gratitude, but what actions go along with it? Here’s what you can do in the classroom to keep gratitude at the forefront long after Thanksgiving has passed.


This exercise doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. Simply have students write about three things they’re grateful for. By jotting down the little things or daily moments they appreciate, they’re opening themselves up to positive thinking.

Thank You Notes

Whether it’s to a teacher, a peer, or another adult on campus, writing a personal letter to someone they appreciate can go a long way.

Respecting Classroom Resources

Treating what the classroom has to offer with care is a form of gratitude. Students can learn to understand the value of the learning environment and show consideration for future students who will use the same resources.

Surprise Sticky Notes

This is an opportunity for students to spread positivity. Give each student three sticky notes to craft an anonymous message of appreciation, either to one another, their teacher, or coach. The students could then secretly post the notes in a place where the recipient can discover them as a surprise.


Emotional Intelligence and Elevo

New Friends

When students have a greater appreciation for the world around them, life opens up. Thanking their newest acquaintances can help them build friendships down the line.

Better Quality Friendships

We pride ourselves on giving our coaches the tools they need to give our students the chance to build strong relationships. By showing them how to communicate their gratitude to their friends, we can help our students become more likely to work through any conflict and have a more positive perception of one another.

Improved Self-Esteem

When you focus on what you’re grateful for, you might just feel better about yourself and your circumstances. The goal is to avoid comparing yourself to others, and to celebrate others’ accomplishments instead.

Increased Mental Strength

Those who show their appreciation often have reduced stress levels, are able to overcome trauma, and become more resilient. These elements of mental strength can also help improve students’ overall well-being.


Final Thoughts

Feelings of gratitude should come along with actions that help students show their appreciation. By bringing this attitude into the classroom, students create a positive learning environment while learning important life skills. The act of showing gratitude is a gift that keeps on giving, improving the lives of both the giver and the receiver. So, let’s encourage students to embrace the attitude of gratitude and make the classroom a place of appreciation and growth.


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