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Teaching Tip

From the Teacher’s Aide Newsletter

2014 December

Holiday Spirit and Paying it Forward

Get students into the holiday spirit by discussing the people who have shaped your profession. Personalize it by sharing about some of the people whose contributions have impacted you. Encourage the learners to acknowledge the people in their lives that have gone out of their way to support them in their schooling (e.g., specific teachers, staff members, family, and friends).

Next, have learners choose a “holiday spirit” good deed (to perform individually or in groups) that they can complete them before the class breaks for the holiday. In an informal setting, the class shares their good deeds and how they felt these acts changed their views, made them feel, or added to someone’s joy.