On Being Grateful
There are real, tangible benefits to practicing gratitude, and with Thanksgiving right around the corner, we have a chance to pause and reflect. According to Psychology Today, studies show that gratitude not only can be deliberately cultivated but can also increase levels of well-being and happiness among those who do cultivate it. Expressing our gratitude to others is associated with increased levels of energy, optimism, and empathy--all things we could use more of these days.
Our One Schoolhouse team is a grateful bunch - for each other and for what you and your schools are doing through the chaos. So let’s take a moment to hear from the team:
“I am grateful for the family and friends that support me through life and give me the opportunity to feel helpful when and where I can, and I am grateful for all that I see and hear as educators come together in so many places to share how we can make the learning lives of children better and collaborate in this great work of transforming education.” Peter Gow, Independent Curriculum Resource Director
“Today, I am grateful to live with four-year olds, for they make me believe in the power of imagination, know that small kindnesses or little scrapes can feel like pure sunshine or deep injuries, see that sleep really does affect wellness, and realize that cultivating wonder is a skill for all ages.” Meera Shah, Director of Studies
“I am grateful for security and stability and having all of my basic needs most generously met. I am grateful for the abundance of opportunity and choices available to me. I am grateful for my health and the breath in my lungs. I am grateful for all of the wonderful and beautiful human beings in my life who love, support and value me.” Amy Nyland, Director of Operations
“I'm grateful for the consensus that's emerging in schools that this pandemic is a time for caretaking and connection. It means so much to me as an educator--and even more as a parent.” Liz Katz, Assistant Head of School for School Partnerships
“Gratitude, for me, is a space -- a space to be present and to give generously, as well as to let myself be cared for and valued. I am grateful to have found myself in this space on a daily basis this fall.” Corinne Dedini, Assistant Head of School for Teaching & Learning
“I am grateful for the time I get to spend outdoors this year and the privilege of living somewhere where I can access safe outdoor spaces. I am grateful for colleagues who know how to build collegiality that feels like popping my head into the office next door when we are far-flung in geography.” Sarah Hanawald, Assistant Head of School for PD & New Programs
“I'm grateful for my and my family's health (especially this year!), having a very supportive team at work as I transition as the newest member, and that I have the ability to see some of the spectacular places in this country even amidst an isolating pandemic.” Beta Eaton, Director of Student Support
“I am grateful for the love of family, friends and community. I am grateful that my optimism continues to outweigh my despair.” Tracie Yorke, Instructional Designer for Equity, Inclusive Innovation, and Accessibility
“I am grateful for the seasons. They are a regular reminder that the world continues to turn and that there are cycles of do and don't-do, especially on the farm. That cadence brings comfort and peace of mind when times are incredibly busy.” Lynnae Boudreau, Instructional Designer & Mathematics Teacher
“I am grateful for the love and support of my family, the continued health of my family and friends, and for the joy and excitement that comes along with having a two year old!” Curt Brossman, Controller
“I've found myself grateful for sleepless nights during 2020. Rather than tossing and turning with COVID related restlessness, I've turned to books for solace, perspective, and good humor. Whether reading memoirs, fiction, or critical race theory and disability studies, I've found engagement and meaning while living apart from so many persons I love. I'm currently reading one poem per day from Mary Oliver's "Owls and Other Fantasies." As Oliver says in Wild Geese, "Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination." I am grateful that books provide me opportunities to remember my place "in the family of things."” Kerry Smith, Instructional Designer for Professional Development & Humanities Teacher
“I am grateful to educators, first responders and essential workers, and for my health, family and friends.” Jasper McElrath, Communications & Marketing Manager
“I'm thankful for my team here at One Schoolhouse. They all went above and beyond their responsibilities and stepped up for students and schools around the world. I know you join me in thanking them.” Brad Rathgeber, Head of School
Again, thank you, for your compassion and care for students this year. Our One Schoolhouse team wishes you and your family a safe, relaxing, and peaceful holiday.
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