We're thinking about gratitude.
As we approach Thanksgiving the OTA team is thinking about the ripple effect of gratitude. When we teach young people how and why to regularly express gratitude, they reap many benefits while bringing out the best in others. The most effective way to teach it is to model it! Go the extra mile to thank someone who showed up for you as a child, or continues to support you today.
Michael Barbaro, a seventh and eighth grade teacher at Berwick Academy, participated in an OTA training earlier this year. When asked, “Who was there for you?” Michael shared a letter from his former homeroom teacher. She had placed it on the corner of his desk when he was in seventh-grade. It was an invitation to join her for lunch.
This week, on the OTA blog, Michael shares his story. It is a beautiful reminder of the role Trusted Adults play in young people's lives every day. Read more here.
If you or an educator you know wants to start a conversation on gratitude before the holiday, we've got you covered.
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