The Thank You Revolution Goes to School

Where in the world is the Thank You Revolution? How about the Pentagon:

Thank You Revolution in the Pentagon

Or how about an inner city classroom in Baltimore.

I got one of the most gratifying stories in my life from Chip Dizárd recently. He shared the story of his class in Baltimore. I’ll let Chip take it from here:

Teaching in a classroom can be a challenging thing, especially in an urban inner city environment. We have heard all the clichés about kids and their lack of enthusiasm for school and during my first two years as a teacher, I have experienced good and bad

I decided after reading about the Thank You Revolution to change something. I implemented Thank You Thursday with my 4th period class and we use it every Thursday before we start class. 

I ask the class to write a thank you letter to someone in the school, a fellow student, teacher or administrator and tell them you appreciate them. 

At first the students looked at me like I was crazy. They said, “Mr. Dizard, just thank random people?”

I said, “Yes. Do it and you will be graded for it.”

So the group of students carried out the task. 

We started in February 14th and by March 14th it was a habit.  They are thanking their teachers, parents and school leaders.  Our school still has many challenges, but since implementing the thank you revolution a small army has started—one of gratitude.

Chip is a teacher, author and videoblogger. His passion is to teach youth media production and leadership. You can find out more about him on his blog at

Why do I say that it was one of the most gratifying stories I have ever heard? Because those kids lives are changed.

I’m not tooting my horn here. The Revolution is not about me. The Revolution is about those kids. It’s about the teachers on the other end of the “thank you”s. It’s about the parents, coaches, and principals. It’s about their friends picking up the habit.

The Revolution is about you.

Go make it a gratifying day yourself.

This is Chip’s class. These are the lives being changed.

Chip Dizard Class Thank You Revolution

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  • Wade_Thorson

    That is a very creative use of the TY notes, excellent job Chip. You are not just affecting one person by sending out a note like most people you have a whole class sending out notes affecting several people a week, awesome.

    • Thanks Wade it was hard at first to get them to buy in but now, they are all in!

  • The best part is, it’s not just those kids’ lives that are being changed. It’s the lives of everyone they touch now. Everyone they thank. Everyone who sees them being thankful. Everyone they talk to about this. Wow, man. I can’t decide if this is ripples in a pond or a waterfall!

    • I have a picture in my head of the network this expands to…just from this class. Ultimately it could be thousands of people by the end of the year. Pretty cool.

      • Can you imagine if we had started this habit when we were in grade school?? How would our lives be different?? How much more successful would we be? How much better would our marriages be? This is a definite “Slight Edge” principle (if you havent read that book, I highly recommend it!! It’s by Jeff Olson, I believe)

        • Mark I just got the book! I am really enjoying it. The Slight Edge is that we are thanking people every Thursday. A culture that is starting to spread around our school.

          • Awesome Chip! Thanks for inspiring all of us! And enjoy the book!

        • That is a cool thought Mark.

          I am all for learning math, geography, history, etc. but there are definitely things missing from the school system, such as personal finance (FPU in schools), the art of gratitude, networking, interviewing, etc.

          • Preachin to the choir here Matt! I beat my head against the wall at the school board about those exact things!

  • This is wonderful. Love getting kids started out early being thankful. Imagine the influence they will have as they grow up – remarkable. Thanks for sharing such a fantastic story!

  • Steve Pate

    You might not being hearing your horn tooting there but I am hearing a huge round of applause to you and for sure Mr. Dizard! He took action and the best part, it was a simple task to start a great habit! Great job Chip and class!

  • That is a fantastic application of the TYR! Maybe I’ll be able to add that due to the TYR I helped Josh win a fantastic custom pen by Somerset Penworks… will that story make a future edition of the book??? haha.
    But seriously, totally awesome stories. Now that its at the Pentagon, maybe we’ll hear the President mention being the recipient of a TYR note…now THAT would be influence on Mr. McWilliams’ part!

  • The TY Revolution is at Siemens in Blue Bell, PA.

  • I’m catching up on a bunch of stuff. This is AWESOME! It’s so “To Sir, with Love” I think we will one day see a movie made of this movement.