A Thank You Just For You
Contributed by Angel Thompson
This activity uses a ritual of gratitude to foster community and recognize individual achievement. It also serves as a session ending transition and can be a tool in creating a healthy closure.
- Make a ‘Thank You’ statement to the entire class acknowledging some way their effort stood out that day. This could be about anything: teamwork, attitude, ability to redirect after a rough start, willingness to try a new activity, etc.
- Circle the room, stopping at each student and gently saying, “Thank You,” to them. Don’t forget the Classroom Professionals.
- When you have thanked everyone individually, again address the class with a, “Thank all of you!” and a closing farewell.
Transition into Activity
Get the students to focus on you before you offer your thank you to the whole group.
Transition out of Activity
This activity is often subtle. Allow time for the ritual to be completed before transitioning to the next activity.
Students can be at desks/tables or in a big circle.
- “Thank you” can also be written or signed.
- Address students in the way they feel most comfortable. This may mean adjusting your level, approaching from the side or forgoing eye contact. The key is that they know you are speaking directly to them.
Possible Roles for Classroom Professionals
- Alert you if a student was away from their desk and might have missed their personal thank you.
- Model accepting your thanks with grace.
Adjustments for Remote Instruction
After you offer a full group thank you, then call each student by name to address a thank you to them. Don’t forget students who have their cameras off and the Classroom Professionals.