What’s the best thing that happened to you today?

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Shifting students positive.

So many students come to class anxious and stressed out. The last thing on their minds is learning. Which is why I start each class by asking students what’s the best thing that’s happened to them today.

Reflection ◊ Connection ◊ Motivation

Their answers fascinate me. And give me insight into what motivates them. From simple to profound. From food to relationships. From money to purpose. From grades to destiny. And everything in between.

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Less stress. More learning.

Interacting with students in fun and uplifting ways brings laughter and lightness to the classroom. It doesn’t take a lot of time. Yet it creates a significant shift in student stress and comfort levels.

Students need to feel safe. Students need to feel heard. Showing them you care (while having fun) works every time. Only then can the real learning begin!

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 Shifting students from stress to empowerment.

One question. One conversation. One class. At a time.🍎

40 thoughts on “What’s the best thing that happened to you today?

  1. Dr. Andrea, I love this! So well said! I appreciate the sensitivity and empathy that you extend to your students. I KNOW that they appreciate your kindness!
    The best thing that happened to me today? Laughing with my daughters on the phone, as they tried to “teach” my cat (who currently lives with my daughters) how to do “facetime.” We were laughing and having fun and the cat was properly ignoring us in the ways only a cat can ignore. It was some good silly fun! It always feels good to share in laughter with sweet friends. 🙂

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  2. I’m seeing this rather late, but the best thing to happen to me today is watching my first grade daughter reading a short story almost 100% by herself. It’s amazing to me. I remember when I held her in my arms, as a newborn when burping was the most difficult thing she had to do. And now she is reading. Watching her development and hearing her progress… That was the best thing that happen to me today so far.

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  3. Andrea, I am delighted to find your blog site! It’s full of fantastic posts that inspire me as a teacher. I teach middle school reading – four 80 minutes blocks a day (100 students). I ask at the start of each class for students to share “good things” (We are a Capturing Kids Hearts school), but I’ve noticed a huge difference in the level of positivity in my room as a result of this practice. I will now ask for “best things”.😉Thank you!

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  4. This is a great question to ask not only students but also kids! Often parents “ask how was you your day?” and the teen might say “fine” but when you ask the questions “what’s the best thing that happened to you today?” well that demands a better answer than one word could provide 🙂 Smiling!

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    1. Such a great application of this question Christy!

      “What’s the best thing that happened to you today?” Engaging the family at the dinner table, while being shuttled to hockey practice, and even (especially) for parents on date night!

      Connection via meaningful conversations is the ultimate goal. One more reason to put the phone down and truly connect with the people right in front of you.

      Personally: I love deep conversation. Just ask my friends & family. I use a book called “Soul Questions” to get the conversation (really) going.. past small talk to real talk …

      Works every time! 🙂 🙂

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  5. Awesome post! I love how you interact with the students positively. ❤
    It’s still pretty early to me (barely 1.5 hours since I woke up!) but the best thing that happened to me today was that I woke up fresh and alert! Not the groggy “I need coffee…” kind of wake up. 😆

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