Each morning our classes open with the “Welcoming Circle” where the teachers model what went well the day before and what they are grateful for. Through modeling gratitude and appreciation for people and the circumstances that provide us opportunities to learn, students learn to train their minds to notice the good things that are all around us.
Following our philosophy of balance, teachers also take time to discuss when circumstances do not go well and when challenges are presented. These teachable moments often allow students to recognize their own resiliency and their support network.
Students also take turns sharing what went well in their day and what they are grateful for through a variety of artistic expression throughout the year. This encourages speaking in front of the class, sharing something from home, and the development of their practice in gratitude.
Throughout the year students will collaborate on various artistic expressions of their gratitude as it develops and grows roots into their minds, thus creating great art and a healthy perspective.