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A friend of mine told me a story about his younger brother the other day.  His mom would point a finger and say to him “You had better behave!”  His brother would then rebut…”I am being Hav!”  To change behaviour fast. . . add a little fun.

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The New Tag (thenewtag.wordpress.com) writes about happiness in a Blog entry entitled:  Want kids to be happy?  Teach gratitude. 
 
“The biggest difference between people who are generally happy and people who are generally not, is this: Happy people recognize, focus on, think about, talk about and attribute value to what is good in their lives most of the time. Unhappy people don’t. It really is that simple.”
 
This entry reminded me of a draft I started months ago and finish here.  It was after a tough day at school.  I asked two different kids these 2 questions:  Are you happy?  What makes you happy?   The first child responded “I don’t know. I am not really happy.”  The second child responded: “Yes I am happy. A lot of fings make me happy like. . .” and then she answered in this exact order in about 3 minutes:
 
popsicles
playing with Haley (friend)
sunshine
school
reading
spelling
playing
Mommy
Daddy
Having Tea
Gavin
Playing with Gavin
Helping Daddy
Counting and Math
Richie
My whole family
Avery the cat
Having dinner
Grandmas
Music and dancing
 
I learn so much from kids everyday.  Especially from the contrast between those at work and those at home. Thanks The New Tag for reminding me of this event in my life.  I attempt to bring the kind of happiness my daughter feels to the students I work with everyday.  We all have so much to be thankful for, to be happy about.  According to my daughter’s list they are one and the same I presume.

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At school last month we completed a “Fun Index.”  The idea stemmed from a Blog entry at Education Innovation.  The results, questions and data are below.  There were 25 respondants of 25 faculty.Are We Fun? Staff Members were polled for this survey.                        
                                                   
4.32 1 Are new teachers and staff made to feel welcome?                                
3.68 2 School meetings are positive and light?                                    
3.44 3 Does your school have fun activities at least once a month?                              
4.40 4 Is it common to hear teachers and staff laughing at school?                              
4.20 5 Can you be yourself at school?                                      
3.20 6 Does your school have a lot of celebrations or special events?                              
4.28 7 When brainstorming ideas, do teachers like to have fun?                              
4.72 8 Is your Principal usually optimistic and smiling?                                  
4.04 9 Would your students say you are fun to be with in class?                              
4.72 10 Do you have friends at school that make you laugh?                                
4.48 11 Do you, the teachers and staff have a good time together at school?                            
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