Established in 1985 by the Parent Teacher Association, National Teacher Appreciation Week is a time when we all take pause to give gratitude to those special individuals that have made and continue to make, an impact on us and our youth. Teachers.
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In fifth grade, I used to creep to the basement after my parents were sleeping to play The Sims on our computer until well after midnight, often on school nights with no concern for having to be up early for school the next day. In high school, I would go to the library and sit at the computer farthest away from the library information desk, turning my screen so that no one could see me logging onto gaming sites during my “research” periods, or trying to use proxy servers to get onto MySpace and AIM. These are the experiences that sit fresh in my mind as I find myself in this ironic-but-necessary position on the other side of the digital battle against accessing restricted content at school.
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In the aftermath of Thanksgiving break, many of us are counting our blessings and giving thanks for the many gifts in our lives. Yet practicing gratitude shouldn’t just be relegated to the holidays; in fact, being thankful year-round can have tremendous benefits.
We’ve all heard the maxim that life is better when you live it with an “attitude of gratitude” — and for good reason. Practicing gratitude can lessen stress, improve physical health, bolster relationships and create a culture of collaboration and respect. Gratitude has also been proven to enhance empathy, boost self-esteem and reduce aggression. For students, cultivating a sense of thankfulness can even improve learning outcomes.
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