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Gratitude: A Way of Teaching by [Owen M. Griffith]

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This book is a must-read for teachers and parents who want to tap into the transformative power of gratitude for themselves and for the young people in their lives. Owen M. Griffith provides us with a variety of challenges and stories from his personal experiences as an elementary school teacher that not only help fend off anxiety and complaining, but that help bring out the unexpected resourcefulness and goodwill in us all. In an age of limitless information and choices, this book shows us how to make grateful choices that will simply make life more memorable and fulfilling at home and at school. -- Dr. Giacomo Bono, Assistant Psychology Professor, California State University Dominguez Hills

This book is an excellent tool for educators and parents to transform the students’ disposition from victim to advocate. It addresses how to model behavior in order to combat the denial of accountability, treat the cancer of complaining, and reverse the effects of emotional atrophy. Each chapter provides activities (“Let’s talk about it”) to instill skills in our students to become a valuable contributor in our society. Gratitude: A Way of Teaching is about future-proofing by investing in our future one gratitude at a time. -- Greg A. Doss, Bartow County School System CTAE Coordinator

In a time of tests, accountability, and burnout, Gratitude: A Way of Teaching beautifully encourages teachers and students to connect to their own and each other's humanity by stopping for a moment and asking, ‘What is wonderful about life?’ -- Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D., Education Director, Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley

In Gratitude: A Way of Teaching, Mr. Griffith does a superb job at giving teachers practical strategies for making their students grateful. Following these strategies, and with patience and persistence, we can significantly influence the children in our own personal worlds. And, if we do, that will influence programs, clubs, schools, and other institutions in the community, too. Our society needs this book more than ever. With teachers like Mr. Griffith in the classroom waving the “gratitude flag,” we parents have yet another reason to be grateful. -- Jeffrey J. Froh, Psy.D., associate professor of psychology, Hofstra University, and co-author of Making Grateful Kids: The Science of Building Character

Gratitude is a difference-maker. With the power to heal, energize, and change lives, we need gratitude in the classroom more than ever. Weaving together real world examples, inspirational stories, and the latest science, Owen M. Griffith explains why. Gratitude: A Way of Teaching should be required reading for teachers, administrators, parents, and anyone else who has a stake in our children’s future. You will be challenged, edified, and stirred to take a fresh look at this timeless virtue and see why we owe our children the gift of gratitude. -- Robert A. Emmons, Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Positive Psychology, author of Gratitude Works! and Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier

Exciting new research has shown that gratitude may play a vital role in our schools. In Gratitude: A Way of Teaching, Owen M. Griffith writes about how he has used this research in his classroom. I believe that this book will help many people. In a very practical way, Griffith shows how gratitude can be incorporated into the schools. Filled with inspiring examples and many practical suggestions, this book can be used to improve the gratitude of students in your classroom, and perhaps more importantly, it should help teachers generate a more grateful attitude toward their students. My hope is that this book will provide the spark to develop new ways to incorporate gratitude into the school setting. -- Philip Watkins, Professor of Psychology, Eastern Washington University

This is an important book that inspires us to revitalize our classrooms through the lenses of gratitude, calling for teachers, parents, and students to create a joyful and kind environment so that we all may thrive. -- Erik Herndon, classroom teacher at Centennial Academy, Atlanta, GA
--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Owen M. Griffith is a teacher, writer, educational consultant, and blogger residing with his wife and son in North Georgia. He earned a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and his work has appeared on Huffington Post and Edutopia. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01CRJ4FNE
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 8, 2016)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 8, 2016
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 943 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 149 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1475820623
  • Customer Reviews:
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Owen M. Griffith is a grateful mentor, teacher, guitar instructor, writer, educational consultant, blogger, and musician, residing with his wife and son in North Georgia. Owen studied psychology and biology in college, but was drawn to education, seeing the power education has to transform our youth and in turn, shape our future. He went on to earn a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership.

Being an educator has far surpassed any of Owen's expectations, as he has learned from his students and has grown in unforeseen ways, like developing a gratitude curriculum with the help of his students and colleagues.

Writing a blog and publishing articles on Huffington Post and Edutopia has given him a chance to connect with educators around the world and now this book, Gratitude: A Way of Teaching, will further that endeavor.

In August 2015, Owen presented his experience with gratitude in education at the Gratitude Conference at Greater Good Science Center, U.C. Berkeley, in an effort to develop and disseminate new gratitude curriculum.

Owen has designed and led professional developments for educators pertaining to gratitude and growth mindset, as well as other social-emotional learning tools, to improve student achievement and elevate classroom culture.

In addition, Owen had the pleasure of creating and implementing a music program for "At-Risk" youth with the Police Athletic League of Alpharetta, GA, that is still growing after 10 years of operation. Now, former students are volunteering to help younger students enjoy the gifts of learning and playing music.

Finally, outside of work, Owen thrives on reading, playing guitar and doing yoga, while getting some of his best ideas when he is mountain bicycling or playing with his 8 year-old son.

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