Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Random Act of Kindness Tuesday- Teaching Kindness

How do you teach children kindness? It has been said that teaching kindness also teaches joy and happiness to a child. 

I saw this quote the other day. "A smile is a curve that can set anything straight."

This is a curriculum idea given to me by a fellow teacher. Please share and pass it along. 

At the beginning of the school year introduce rules. For the first rule have...  'Enter the room with a smile!'
Discuss how important it is to spread joy and it starts with them. Take pictures of  students smiling. Select different students weekly that are smiling and display them in an area of the hall. Donot tell them who will be selected as "Students of Joy!" for the week.  You may also have other students take pictures if you have a digital camera." (Source:  Nell Clark, Computer Teacher  at teachnology.com )

Prominently post this Poem...
Smiling is infectious; you catch it like the flu.
When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too.
I passed around a corner and someone saw my grin.
When he smiled, I realized I had passed it on to him.
I thought about that smile and then I realized its worth.
A single smile, just like mine, could travel around the earth.
So if you feel a smile begin, don't leave it undetected.
Let's start an epidemic quick and get the world infected.
Author Unknown
1. Provide each child with a small paper cutout in the shape of a 
human-- or have students cut out their own paper figures.
2. Ask each student to write his or her name on the cutout.
3. Have students form a circle; have them pass the cutouts to the person on their right.
4. As the cutouts are passed around the circle, have each 
person make a small crumple or tear in the cutout and add a pencil mark. 5. When the cutouts have made their way around the entire circle, have students try to repair their own cutouts by flattening, erasing, and taping.
6. After cutouts are repaired, discuss the 
activity. Talk about the effects of unkind words and hurt feelings.
You might display the cutouts on a  bulletin board as a constant reminder of the effects of hurtful actions.
Source: educationworld

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