Kindness is Contagious: Ideas for Teachers and the Rest of Us

Kindness is contagious.  You see it all around with an act of kindness spreading at a coffee shop or with children on a mission for random acts of kindness at school.  People like to be seen as good people.  We like to feel like a good person.  And very little can make us feel as good as performing acts of …

Rocking Kindness in the Classroom and Beyond

When celebrities “rock” the latest fashions, they look good. When rocks are dropped into water, they create ripples that extend outward from their point of entry. What do these two observations have to do with one another? By merging these two concepts, and encouraging our children to start “rocking kindness,” by doing good deeds and including others whenever they see …

The Kindness Experiment

When my brother was about three, my Dad found him pouring water from one cup to another with careful and deliberate concentration. He looked up at my Dad and said, “Careful Dad! I’m doing an experience.” We still laugh about that to this day. Even my six-year-old often confuses the terms experience and experiment interchangeably. And if you think about …

Kindness In the Classroom: Smart Board Idea

Most classrooms these days have a Smart Board.  On a day when you want to honor a child — for good behavior, on their birthday, or perhaps when they are the Star of the Week — this is an easy way to make a lasting and kind impression on that child. Sit the child on a table or chair in …

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 …