Gratitude: A Way of Teaching


An on-demand eCourse with educator and author, Owen Griffith

This five-session eCourse will include practical, research-based activities and a new gratitude curriculum shared by educator and author, Owen Griffith. Owen’s book, Gratitude: A Way of Teaching, will offer structure to help guide the course as we create opportunities for educators to explore gratitude as a way to improve class culture; academic and social success for students; and resilience and satisfaction in students and educators alike. These are tense and challenging times. The safety of our kids and a classroom culture that uplifts and strengthens what is going right is essential. Gratitude has a role to play in building resilience and reducing stress.


One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing and for the soul of the child.
~ Carl Jung

  • How might gratitude transform our schools, classrooms, and our lives?
  • What can we do to instill resilience in students and teachers?
  • What are the barriers to implementing gratitude in our classrooms and lives?
  • How can we cultivate balance in our classrooms and our lives with mindfulness?
  • How might we challenge a culture of complaint and replace it with gratitude?
  • How can gratitude play a role in preventing burnout?
  • How might we replace materialism and entitlement with gratitude and altruism?
  • How can we spread gratitude to the community?

Please join us in exploring these questions, and many more, in this on-demand eCourse based on the best selling book, Gratitude: A Way of Teaching, by Owen Griffith, as Owen leads us through each session, filled with practical tools, real world examples and creative activities to apply gratitude to our personal and professional lives.

Course Details

There will be five sessions and the course will include:

  • 10 – 15 minute videos of Owen giving an overview of the course, then covering the chapters
  • Full transcripts of video segments
  • Links to resources which support each session, i.e. a new gratitude curriculum, articles, videos, and poems
  • Practice suggestions
  • Questions for reflection and extended study
  • Online discussion area (optional)
  • Access to a growing network of educators implementing gratitude in a private Facebook Group moderated by Owen Griffith.

* Course participants will need to refer to this book throughout the course. The book can be purchased in hardback, paperback or as an eBook through Bookshop (which benefits local bookstores) or on Amazon. Or, you might find the book at your local library.

eCourse Schedule and Themes

Session One:  Introduction – Roots of Gratitude in Positive Psychology; Gratitude in Education plus latest Research and Applications

Session Two: Challenging the Culture of Complaining; Gratitude versus Materialism and Entitlement

Session Three: Overcoming Barriers to Gratitude; Giving Students the Gift of Gratitude

Session Four: Gratitude and Mindfulness; Enlisting the Support of the Family

Session Five:  Keeping Gratitude Fresh and Remaining Teachable plus-Establishing a Network of Support

This Program is Designed to Help You:

  • experience a deeper level of gratitude in your personal and professional life
  • elevate students’ engagement and academic achievement with gratitude
  • challenge the culture of complaining
  • shift students away from materialism and entitlement with gratitude
  • utilize mindfulness in conjunction with gratitude to increase balance in life
  • nourish your life and deepen relationships with students, colleagues, and parents.

To touch the hearts of your students is the greatest miracle you can perform. ~ Saint John Baptist de La Salle

eCourse Cost $0

* This eCourse is currently offered at no cost as part of our mission to make our services accessible to all. All donations to our non-profit enable us to offer our services at no cost and without advertising. Donations are tax-deductible and deeply appreciated.

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Owen Griffith Owen M. Griffith is an Educator, Mentor, Author, Speaker, and Educational Consultant. Owen’s first book, Gratitude: A Way of Teaching, was published by Rowman & Littlefield and was a Top Ten Best Seller. He earned a Master’s Degree from Kennesaw State University, GA, in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Ethics and Multicultural Education. Owen has worked with the Greater Good Science Center at U. C. Berkeley and presented across the country in the areas of Gratitude in Education, Social-Emotional Learning, Mindsets, Improving School Culture, and Preventing Teacher Burnout. Owen is a frequent contributor to Huffington Post and his work has also appeared on Edutopia.