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September 16, 2017

Bringing Kindness Into Your Classroom

This past week has been a difficult one - the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma as well as the anniversary of 9/11.  This past year has also brought more violence in the US.  With this in mind, I want to share how important it is to bring Kindness Into Your Classroom.

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Morning Meeting

This is a great time to gather together and build a classroom community. Students share with each other.  Their backgrounds can be vastly different.  It's amazing how students come together and learn to be kind.

This book helped me create a Morning Meeting that worked for our class.

Read Alouds

Sometimes a picture book is all it takes to open up conversations and spark new ideas.  Below are some of my favorites.

             This boy learns that                     Gets students to think about                     enemies can become friends.                how they treat others.

                    Kid President is an                             We are all different.
                amazing role model!                This book embraces the differences.

Other Resources

Infographic - This was provided by Marino Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram.  Please use it to show your students how Little Acts of Kindness can make a big difference!

Videos/Websites - Check out these websites and videos for your classroom.

Kid President - I highly encourage showing any/all of his videos.  The one I linked you to is but the 20 Things We Should Say More Often.

Storyline Online - This is another one of my favorite resources.  This one has Camryn Manheim reading Enemy Pie.

World of Wonder - This website shares so much more information to use when teaching Wonder to your students.  There is even a spot to become a Certified Kind Classroom.

Free Rice - Teach your students the benefit of helping others by answering questions.  For every question they get correct, 10 grains of rice are donating to a needy country.

Random Acts of Kindness - This website is a huge resource for lesson plans, worksheets, and posters to teach kindness to your students. (Free to sign up.)

How do you bring KINDNESS into your classroom?

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