I know I’m not the only person right now with a heavy heart. Whatever “side” of things you’re on, or even if you’re indifferent, I know that everyone I talk to is disturbed by the way that *some* people (on BOTH sides and again, even those who are indifferent) are treating others. It’s disheartening.
I know as a teacher, I always, always stressed the importance of kindness. SO many conversations with students who were having disagreements went something like this (when I was speaking to each party involved one on one):
Student: But I don’t like him/her.
Me: We don’t always like everyone, but we still have to be kind to everyone.
Student: But he/she did …. XYZ
Me: Even if we don’t like someone’s words or actions, we still have to show kindness.
So, how appropriate that today is National Kindness Day. After everything that has happened in the last week, I think that it is the perfect time to remind our students and ourselves to always choose kindness.
And, I wanted to put my money where my mouth is, so I created a little freebie that will be perfect to use tomorrow and this week.
My #NationalDayofKindness pack includes 3 posters to hang in your classroom.
And a WANTED poster activity that works perfectly after a discussion or book about kindness. Students can draw and write about what they want kindness to look like in their classroom, school, home or the world as well as talk about what they will do to be kind.
If you’d like some recommendations for great books about kindness, here are a few of my favorites (aff links).
I hope that this can help start a discussion on kindness in your classroom this week. There can never, never be too much kindness in the world. <3