Lindsay Brazell

Music Educator and Creative Professional

Teaching Gratitude

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You may have seen some of my Instagram posts on my blog with the hashtag #lindsays30daysofthanks. A friend from college does this every year, posting a picture of something he is thankful for every day during the month of November. I have always enjoyed reading his posts, and decided to participate this year.

After my first post, I thought about my students, and how maybe they would enjoy something like this. I went to our choir page and posted a photo inviting them all to participate in this monthly challenge.

The next day in class, several students had already started posting photos with our choir hashtag! They seemed excited, which made me excited to see them involved in something positive.

This isn’t only  teaching them to be habitually grateful, it’s promoting positive social media usage, which in high school can sometimes be a disaster zone. Also, it helps students who may be having personal struggles or home issues to acknowledge the good in their lives, which can be difficult when everything seems to be falling apart.

How it works:

I created a choir hashtag for everyone to use, and set up some ground rules:

  1. Just because it’s on social media, doesn’t mean you can post whatever you feel! It’s our choir’s name, and we want to represent it well. If you post something inappropriate, there will still be consequences.
  2. Pictures must be school appropriate. If you have to question that, it’s probably not something you should post!
  3. I participate via our school page, not my private social media accounts. While I am doing a challenge myself, I decided to do it alongside my choirs as well. (Double the thankfulness!) My “director” posts will focus around our every day rehearsals or happenings, as well as reinforcing some sight reading, music terms, and other skills we use each day.

So far, 4 days in and we are all still very grateful! This is a great way to teach life skills and “how to be a good person” skills without losing rehearsal time!

If you are interested in following my personal 30 days of thanks, they are cross-posted to Instagram and on my blog with the hashtag #lindsays30daysofthanks. It’s not too late to start yourself!

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About Lindsay

I’m Lindsay, a choral music educator by day, a singer-songwriter by evening, and a writer when time allows. You can find my latest album, The Room I Found – Lindsay Morelli on iTunes.

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