Treating Holiday Stress with Kindness

Shopping. Cooking. Cleaning. Sending out cards. More shopping. Work. Money. Family gatherings. Still more shopping… It’s no wonder that the holidays is not only the most joyous time of the year, but often the most stressful  as well. We get so wrapped up in everything that we need to do, we worry about how we’re going to accomplish things, making …

7-Week Kindness Challenge

As a Senior Instructor at my martial arts school (and a candidate for the upcoming Black Belt test), I’ve wanted to do something different leading up to the test… something our students have never done before. Fortunately, that’s about the time I saw this post from my friend (and fellow Ultimate Black Belt Test alum) Sensei Mike Oliver, owner and …

Inspiring our Future Through Acts of Kindness

School started up again this past week. As a teacher, I always wonder what my students will be like: Will they like my class? Are there going to be kids that need more help than others? And, possibly the most important question I can ask for my students: what kind of baggage do these kids come with that could hinder their …

No Act of Kindness is Too Small

Ever feel yourself wanting to do something good for a person or your community, but feel like no matter what idea you come up with, it just doesn’t feel like “enough”? This is a mistake that many people, including myself, make. Kindness doesn’t have to be a case of “go big or go home”. Kindness isn’t about superheroic feats of generosity (although …

2 Teacher Kindness Ideas

Kindness Name Pencils This is a great idea to let your student know that you truly care about them. Yes, it is time consuming, but will be sure to create smiles. If you don’t have time to do this yourselves, this can easily be turned into a classroom project where students make them for one another. Kindness Shout Outs Ask …

Bucket of Kindness – Teacher Kindness

Many schools have taken part in the ‘Bucket Filling’ school campaign. The goal of which is to encourage people to use actions or words that show that you care about someone. Saying or doing something kind. Giving someone a heartfelt smile. Using names with respect. Helping without being asked. Giving sincere compliments. Showing respect to others. Your bucket will be …

Elementary Kindness Assembly Recap

The students of Roy Gomm Elementary School begin filing in to the multipurpose room; hopping, skipping and bouncing with wide eyes and energetic chuckles. The bright tangerine, Big Bird yellow, and key lime green walls slowly begin to reverberate the roar of children’s laughter as a crowd of cross-legged kids forms on the ground in a sea of red and …