My students always want to share what they did/gifts they received over break. I love hearing their stories, but this is a really difficult time of year for some. How can I make sure everyone feels included when we come back from break?

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Include everyone.

When you begin to discuss it, add that not everyone exchanges gifts, travels, celebrates. Some families focus on each other, others on their religion or spirituality, others treat it as just another day. And ALL of that is fine.

For others it can be a very difficult time for many reasons, and we can make room for that too. Many people feel sad because their lives have changed- we’ve lost people. For some of us, it can be a time of mixed feelings, because we celebrate (yay!), AND we’re sad because we’ve lost people.

So, as we share, we will all be respectful. We will show respect by….


What I've found has made our discussions positive is to have kids share regularly what they are grateful for. When we have the perspective of being thankful and grateful everything seems to be more positive.


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