Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain- and most fools do.
Join our 100 Acts of Kindness Challenge! A great way to keep track of kindness in the classroom and at home! After 100 acts of kindness are growing on the kindness tree the class gets to celebrate with a kindness party. Invite your friends and family to rest in the shade of your very own tree of kindness.
Kindness is of vital importance and often overlooked in our schools. Did you know that there is scientific evidence that being kind is a great predictor of future success? A study published in the American Journal of Public Health followed 753 kindergarteners from 1991 to 2010, children who showed kindness were more successful over the years of the study. Kind children were more likely to graduate from college and find steady employment. Prosocial behavior also decreased the likelyhood of having a criminal record or needing public assistance as adults. You can find the details of the study right here. A powerful reminder that kindness matters to all of us.
The best portion of a good man’s life: his little, nameless, unremarkable acts of kindness and love.
Kindness starts with the adults in a classroom. We as teachers need to model the behavior we want to see in our students. Don’t worry, the class won’t walk all over you. Kindness is not weakness. It is the ultimate show of strength. Being kind will make you, as well as your students, happier. When you show altruism your brain produces endorphins that increase your sense of well-being. Forget the coffee! Kindness is going to get you going.
- Bulletin board
- Tag board
- Green construction paper
Cut a tree trunk from tag board. Create leaves and record each act of kindness on a leaf before you attach it to the tree. Have an amazing party when you have collected 100 leaves.
If you want to delve deeper into the subject, there are many stories and fairy tales that can be used to illustrate what it means to be kind. Aesops fables, Grim’s Fairy Tales, and biographies of altrusitic role models. You can find a collection of kindness stories from all over the world right here on www.wisdomcommons.org.
Help thy brother’s boat across, and lo! thine own has reached the shore.
~ Indian Proverb