Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Teaching Students to Be Kind

We had a disturbing incident on campus today, and it could have been a non-issue if we were teaching students to be kind. One of the students that was constantly been teased by other students was finally tipped over the edge, and he started throwing chairs across the room.  There were even threats of owning a gun and shooting up the place. It was truly a devastating day for a lot of people, and I believe that things like that occur in our classrooms because kindness is not being emphasized.

Teachers are constantly pressured to teach students to pass the CAHSEE, CELDT, Star, CST-4, and many other types of tests, and sometimes we overlook the fact that we are teaching real people with real issues. Where did the character development go?  Do we have to create national standards on teaching kindness before these things are taken seriously?

Well, I was able to compile a few different strategies and resources teachers can use to get this movement going forward. Enjoy and please let me know if you've tried anything below and love. :)

Set up opportunities for students to work with one another, and they don't get to choose their own partners/groups. 

Here is what www.yourkidsteacher.com did. 

Play community building activities like this for the first 2-3 weeks and once a month after that. Click here if you want a list of activities.

Have students do assignments like this with their name kept out. Then have the students read each one and figure who belongs to who.

Force, yes force, students to do one act of kindness a week and record it. Sooner or later, these kids will realize the joy of bringing a smile to someone else's face {Dear God please let that happen}.  The "Mission Possible" is from http://befickle.blogspot.com/2010/03/secret-service-activity-days-activity.html

Teachers need to model kindness. Good luck teaching if the students find you to be the rudest, meanest teacher possible. If you're not sure if you are one of those teachers, please watch the video down below. :) Most likely if you are reading this, then you are so incredibly sweet and looking to become the best teacher you can be. <3

If you have any other strategies of ending this "meanness" and creating a kind environment, then please comment down below and let me know. I would love to hear from you. :)  Also, please don't forget to check out my wonderful, kind, lovely, smart, and compassionate colleague's blog.  Click here to check out her blog. She teaches English Language Development, and it's her first year teaching. :)

To being kind and teaching students to be kind!

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