BRING MORE JOY AND FULFILLMENT TO CLASSROOMS & HOMES THROUGH GRATITUDE & MINDFULNESS
The Fulfilled Classroom is an independently run Canadian company that focuses on bringing gratitude, mindfulness, and joy into classrooms and homes for teachers and their students as well as parents and their children. It provides resources to teachers and parents to help children learn about the importance of gratitude, mindfulness, and growth mindset, while inspiring teachers to incorporate more joy into what they do.
Nicole Thomson, MEd, HBComm
WIFE . MOM . TEACHER . AUTHOR . ENTREPRENEUR
I’m Nicole, an educator, author, and entrepreneur. I currently work as a college professor, but previous to that, I spent over a decade as an elementary teacher where I participated in action research projects in math and literacy and presented at International conferences, such as IMBES and ILA (You can read more about those here). I have also provided professional development sessions to teachers in areas of Balanced Literacy, Math, and Classroom Management.
A few years ago, I relocated with my family, and therefore had to leave the classroom as I knew it. The pause from the busy classroom was a welcomed change, but that period of transition was also one of the most challenging periods of my life. During that time I began practicing gratitude; I believe it is what got me through that difficult period stronger and more inspired than ever. I was setting goals for myself and quickly checking things off my bucket list: get my Masters, become a college professor, write a book, run a half marathon, start a business, and work on being the best wife, mom, educator, and person I can be.
While I was reading "The Magic" by Rhonda Byrne, I was drawn to this excerpt: “If gratitude became a mandatory subject in schools, we would see a generation of children who would advance our civilization through spectacular accomplishments and discoveries, obliterating disagreements, ending wars, and bringing peace to the world.” I wholeheartedly believe this as well. I have seen what a gratitude practice has done in my life and recognize the plethora of science and research backing this simple, yet essential, factor to a fulfilled life. Why aren't we teaching this in schools?
I created The Fulfilled Classroom Inc. to teach children the importance of appreciating the little things in life (I even wrote a children's book about this - check out the "books" section of the website!) and I have enthusiastically switched my focus from training teachers and students on balanced literacy, spatial reasoning and classroom management, to living with gratitude, mindfulness, and finding fulfillment both in and out of the classroom.
MY GRATITUDE JOURNAL
Life is a series of thousands of tiny miracles. Notice them.
My happy place. The cabin on Rainy Lake.
MY LITTLE FAMILY
I have the best family a girl could ask for - My husband, Kyle, and my kids, Luc & Sophie
Being fit and healthy enough to run my first ever half marathon. (Spring 2020)
OUR BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY
Growing up and living in Northern Ontario, Canada means lots of beautiful outdoor time at the lake.
Finding hidden gems like this lily pad reminds me that there are little miracles all around us.
I love my quiet morning coffee and indulging in fancy seasonal lattes.
I love spending time in the kitchen as a family. Homemade pasta and pizza nights are our favourites!
We celebrate hard in our family. There's always something exciting happening and I'm grateful for that!