By Quána Madison, Clyfford Still Museum educator and mindfulness teacher
Time: 10+ minutes
- Drawing or writing tool
- Online drawing tool or word processor
- Prompt students to reflect upon the following questions: Model vulnerability by answering these questions for yourself before you ask students to reflect.
- What are 3 things you are grateful for right now?
- Why are you grateful for those 3 things?
- Invite students to draw images or write about the things they are grateful for. Drawings could be abstract, representational, or symbolic. Students could write a list, a poem, letter, song, etc.
- Students should choose whichever mode of self-expression is most comfortable and accessible to them based upon their learning styles and available materials.
- After students draw or write, ask them to tune into feelings of gratitude:
- When you are feeling grateful, what do you feel in your body? Where in your body are feelings of gratitude located?
- How would you describe the feeling of gratitude?
- Does the feeling of gratitude have a color or texture? What about a smell or a sound?
- Provide multiple ways for students to share with each other. Students could share their drawing/writing or share their answers to how they experience gratitude. Create a wall of gratitude to showcase the things your class feels grateful for.
- Revisit this exercise regularly. Students may be grateful for new or different things, and can reflect on how and why their feelings changed.