Chinese students practising gratitude in Australian boarding schools

The Masters of Teaching student from mainland China mentioned in my previous blog – who I gave the pseudonym Nancy – also related how she is trying to help her students practise gratitude in culturally appropriate ways. Nancy has a job in a school boarding house where she offers pastoral care and language teaching support to […]

What we can learn about gratitude from the martial art of kendo?

Before they start their practice or competition, those who are training in the martial art of kendo bow to the room to thank it for allowing them to train, they bow to thank their sensei, their teacher. They also bow to thank their competitors or fellow practitioners. They go through the same process at the […]

Gratitude in the context of Chinese international students

Gratitude is so important to the way we communicate that if we don’t express it in culturally meaningful ways, major misunderstandings can occur. I believe that teaching international students how to express gratitude is really important if they are to assimilate well into society, and equally so it is important for those who are teaching […]

Can we teach gratitude online?

I used to find it impossible to imagine how you could teach gratitude in an online environment. Of course, if we are to consider the teaching of gratitude as just a list of strategies and definitions, or something that can be packaged up as content, then to transfer this to an online environment is easy. […]