The GiveThx Tool

Build classroom culture with 4 minutes of daily gratitude

Send digital Thx notes to students & teachers

Students and teachers send Thx notes to recognize and reinforce positive behaviors. Student peer and teacher relationships strengthen and classroom community grows.

Reflect to build healthy self-perception

Students reflect on their Thx notes, see how their actions impact their community, and build healthy self-perception from the positive feedback while practicing good online behavior.

Coach students & facilitate a strong learning community

Teachers monitor and coach students to develop strong gratitude practices and identify and support socially isolated students. All teachers participate in giving and receiving Thx notes to build relationships with their students and colleagues.

DEVELOP A COMMON SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING VOCABULARY

Together, teachers and students identify specific positive behaviors and develop a common language for recognition and reinforcement.

Example Topics

  • Kindess
  • Listening
  • Patience
  • Understanding
  • Compassion
  • Friendship
  • Help
  • Generosity
  • Motivation
  • Encouragement
  • Joy
  • Positivity
  • Listening
  • Courage
  • Effort

PURPOSE & RESULTS

Develop regular gratitude practice

We built GiveThx to take proven gratitude practices and make them more accessible, coherent, and powerful.

Equitable Access: Private, digital Thx notes make the practice of gratitude safer for all students, particularly those who do not feel comfortable expressing gratitude to others in a public way (i.e. shoutouts or kudos).

Coherence: Students have a way to understand how their actions impact their community. Additionally, they realize the ways others appreciate them, building positive self-perception.

Powerful: Two of the hardest things about building a new habit are getting started and sticking with it. We designed GiveThx with students and teachers to be easy to use and contagious.

Measure the skill of gratitude

Much of social emotional learning measurement involves pre and post surveys over many months. GiveThx captures artifacts of gratitude practice such as giving frequency, goal progress, and behaviors recognized. This data provides evidence for learning in the moment, filling in the blanks between surveys and informing students of their progress over time with their own words and statistics as their guide.

Results

Pilot results in schools across the country show significant increases in positive student peer and teacher relationships and a deeper sense of self. We are currently working with the Youth Gratitude Project and California State University Dominguez Hills to explore the effects of using their gratitude curriculum with GiveThx. Initial research results shows significant increases in gratitude, positive moods, life satisfaction, and friendship satisfaction and decreases in negative affect, perceived stress, and anxiety.

“I like GiveThx because it helps people feel better and that’s what makes me feel better.”

- 2nd grader, South San Francisco, CA

Use GiveThx in your classroom & School

We are looking for a select group of 2nd-12th grade teacher leaders to join our Fall 2018 Teacher Pioneer Program. Learn more and apply to become a Teacher Pioneer and use GiveThx at your school for free.

Teacher Pioneer Program

Practices & Curriculum

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Teach/Learn

Using research-validated curriculum, teachers introduce the concepts of gratitude and mindfulness to students over multiple lessons

Define Skills

Using GiveThx, teachers and students identify specific positive behaviors and develop a common language for recognition.

Express

Students practice behaviors such as cooperation, listening, and critical thinking throughout the school day and gain recognition from their peers.

Capture

On a GiveThx profile, students see a visual representation of the actions they’ve been recognized for and the behaviors they’ve appreciated in others.

Reflect

Students reflect on gratitude given and received as well as their own personal growth, captured by their GiveThx profile.

Feedback

Teachers coach and guide students by seeing group and individual activity in real time and progress over time. Students receive frequent and contextual feedback.