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How to Build Empathy and Gratitude at School

Ah, Thanksgiving. That time of year when students celebrate life's bounty by creating paper turkeys filled with colorful 'gratitude' feathers. Meanwhile, older students may collect canned goods for the local food bank or gather coats for the homeless shelter. As everyone buzzes with holiday anticipation, it's pretty easy to feel grateful. However, the holidays aren't always rosy for everyone, including low-income students, students with disabilities, and those who live in negative or dangerous circumstances. Even students with the greatest advantages can struggle with ingratitude, despite holiday activities that remind them to count their blessings. What's the solution?
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Pumpkin pie shake: A tutorial

At Imagine Learning, we have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. Most of all, we're thankful for the wonderful educators who help us achieve our mission by opening doors of opportunity for students all over the world. We're also thankful for a great place to work filled with the kind of coworkers you actually like to spend time with. To show our appreciation for all of the wonderful blessings in our lives, we want to share a special treat with you: a little Thanksgiving recipe we concocted for Carter's birthday celebration last week. It's the ultimate holiday beverage. That's right--it's a pumpkin pie shake, and it's easy as pie to make. Here's how:
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Turkey Day trivia

Holidays sure are a lot of fun. But they can also be a little stressful--especially if you're hosting family or friends for the big day. So just in case you're getting the pre-roasting-day jitters, here are a few Thanksgiving fun facts to lighten the mood and relieve your holiday stress. Enjoy!
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This month, we're thankful for you!

At Imagine Learning, we like to celebrate the month of Thanksgiving by giving thanks to some of the most important people in our lives--the administrators, teachers, and students who use Imagine Learning English. And this year for Customer Appreciation Month, we're pulling out all the stops. We'll be giving back to our customers by hosting giveaways and contests here on the blog and sharing some of our favorite resources for teachers, students, and parents. So stay tuned for an awesome month of appreciation, thanksgiving, and more. To kick things off, here's one of our favorite videos about the teachers who made a difference in our lives. Take a minute to watch the video, and then help us start out our month of appreciation and thanksgiving by leaving a comment thanking the teacher who made the greatest impact on your life. [flv image="/sites/institutional/files/blog/2010/10/Thank_You.jpg"]rtmp://sas-Flash.OnstreamMedia.com/ondemand/FlashDMSP/imaginelearn/Twitter/Thank_You.flv[/flv] Watch on YouTube.    
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