Leading by Example

I spent part of my day today writing thank you notes to the kids who performed at the book fair yesterday – and to the parents who I knew brought their kids so they could perform at the book fair yesterday.

Thank you notes are such a lost art, and they require so little effort that it kind of astounds me that so few people write them anymore.  They make people feel appreciated, and that spreads a lot of positive energy into the Universe.  I’m all over that.

The notes for the kids are getting handed out in morning announcements tomorrow; the parents’ notes are getting stamped and put in the mailbox in the morning.


Filed under admiration, compassion and cooperation, little bits of nothingness, out in the real world, parental units, student chutzpah, the good ones

4 responses to “Leading by Example

  1. Beautiful reminder.

    I like the physicality of the thank you notes too, over thank you email. To me, it means more.

  2. Darci

    I wrote Thank you notes to the 2 students who gifted me with Valentines yesterday.

    Important to model what good world citizens look like to the students of today.

  3. Melissa

    I, too, love thank-you notes. I wrote two yesterday — one to my sister, who drove over to my house this weekend after I locked myself out in the snow, and to the kind neighbors who took me in while I waited for my sister, and who gave me tea! :) It makes ME feel really good to write a thank-you note, and I love imagining those positive feelings spreading.

  4. Sandra

    During my first year of teaching, I needed to come up with some way to change my attitude towards my students. For Thanksgiving, I wrote each student a note that I was thankful that he or she was my student and why. Some notes were more challenging than others, but I wrote one for every single student. It did such a good job of softening their hearts as well as mine that I have made it a tradition each year since.

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