“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” –William Arthur Ward

To build character development in our students, my school encourages a character trait for each month. Teachers help students to develop an understanding of what the character trait means in and out of the school context and recognizes students who have displayed this character trait throughout the month. August was Cooperation, September was Organization, October was Helping, and November is, of course, Gratitude.

This month, I taught my students the characteristics of a thank-you note, as Gratitude is the character trait of the month and writing thank-you notes is one of the English-Language Arts content standards in 3rd grade. I was touched to see that some of my students had taken this opportunity to show their thankfulness to me and all you teachers out there!


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