Happiness isn't something students achieve through test scores, winning season and college acceptance letters. If we redefine happiness for our children and teach them that positive actions increase positive emotions, we send a message that prosocial behavior is important.
My students make it hard for me to complain, to cry, to whine or to get annoyed that I don't have the comforts that technology provides. They understand that despite their lack of resources, I expect their best.
People say there are certain jobs everyone should have to learn essential life skills. They usually boil down to food service, retail, customer service and manual labor, but I'd like to add a fifth to the mix: teaching a class.