Practicing gratitude can help us cope with uncertainty, build resilience, and work on our mindfulness. But as important as practicing gratitude is, we must also allow our students and ourselves space to feel all our feelings and acknowledge the positive we create in the world. As we head into the season of giving thanks (and gifts!), we share an excerpt from The Balanced Teacher Path to help you stretch your gratitude muscles with your students.

This month’s Upbeat News also features a spotlight on Brazilian author-illustrator Bernardo Marçolla, who shares his thought process behind his exceptionally giftable books, Me and You and the Universe and All You Can Imagine.

For additional gratitude and gift-giving ideas, read on. Also be sure to grab your free coloring page from Me and You and the Universe below.
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Author Spotlight
When author-illustrator Bernardo Marçolla considers what to write about for children, he looks for clues in the questions he asked when he was a child. From an early age, he wanted to better understand the world and the meaning of being here. And the books that stuck with him were books that gave him clues about something more significant, about questions and ideas related to the fact that we are alive.

This approach is evident in Me and You and the Universe and All You Can Imagine, and it’s just one of the many reasons we enjoy Bernardo’s books.

Related Resources
Reflect and relax with 36 SEL-focused mindful coloring activities for kids. Also available in Spanish. 

Grades preK–5 | $11.99
This guided journal allows teens to explore emotions, create art, and envision life’s possibilities.

Ages 13 & up | $15.99
101 questions to get kids thinking and talking about social and emotional learning.

All ages | $9.99
Check out more great gift ideas here.
Tips & Tools from the Free Spirit Blog
Author and school counselor Stephanie Filio, M.Ed., shares how focusing on positivity that an individual creates can help students build resilience. Read now.
Practicing gratitude is one of the ways that kids (and adults) can cope well with uncertainty and uncertain times, writes author Deborah Serani, Psy.D. Read now.
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