Teachers at all levels of education will find Kerry’s book practical and inspiring as they read how other educators have engaged with challenges that reveal different dimensions of gratitude, and how some have discovered its relevance in gaining greater resilience, improved relationships and increased student engagement.
- Book review by Professor Ken Bradley Professor of Education at George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon
View the video from the Mind & Its Potential 2012 Conference where Kerry explains the benefits of the practice of gratitude in education.
“If you haven’t yet heard the name Kerry Howells, expect to do so soon. With her brilliant book, Gratitude in Education, this Tasmanian scholar puts her finger on one of the most troubling aspects of education … the lack of gratitude. Howells raises some of the most powerful stories of teachers who change the entire cultures of schools by expressing words of gratitude towards students, especially difficult ones, by appreciating in public their strengths.”
Gratitude in Education is offered as an online course at the University of Tasmania.
“I expected my teaching strength was always going to be my love of maths/science content and the associated ways of thinking. I knew that student attitude and teacher-student relationships were important but it was all very vague. I thought it would just happen naturally. I don’t think like that any more. This unit has given me a process structure and credible academic base and lifted what was a misty fog in my mind. It has given me some solid ground to walk on. I have experienced deep learning that only comes from ‘doing’ and reflecting. I now know why gratitude and relationships are important and I know my students will benefit because what I have learnt will naturally flow through to my thoughts, words and actions. Even if I forget all my learning in every other unit, and I forget all the academic references in the heat of the moment, I know my teaching practice will be better than it would have otherwise been in any classroom situation.”