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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Random Acts of Kindness

Reading through yet another textbook, I came across an idea that I just had to share with all of you!

Now... this is a secret... don't let any child know what I am about to share. It will ruin the idea and it will be forever broken!! You ready....

Kids like to help and getting to help is a reward!

Shocking isn't it? Especially since we have yet to master how to get them to keep their bedrooms clean!

My textbook has a "Spot Light on Teachers" portion which I usually browse through but rely on my blog buddies and personal experience for their more current information. Anywho, this one caught my eye.

For this teacher, homework goes home on Fridays and is returned on Thursdays. Each Thursday, the teacher goes through and checks who has completed all the work for the week including homework and has had good behavior. If they have, they get 20 minutes to do a "Random Act of Kindness." If not, they are stuck in the classroom completing their work.

What can the students do?

Clean the hall for the janitor, pick up trash on the playground, shelf books in the library, make copies for another teacher, read a story to a younger class, tutor a younger child who is struggling, cut items out for a teacher, make and take a snack to another class, file papers in the office, change out a bulleting board, and so much more.

The options are limitless and are bound only by your imagination. I this is something my children would love especially if they get to choose which RAK to do. Can you imagine how much school spirit and pride these children have?

Imagine what kind of world we would live in tomorrow if we taught every student to perform random acts of kindness, not for the validation of doing something but because it is rewarding to do so. How will these students change the future of our world?

Right now Kreative in Kinder has taken on the task of helping 726 teachers who were affected by the recent tornados. Your students can help by writing letters of encouragement! There is a lot these teachers need and together we can make a difference!

Mother Theresa has an amazing quote "We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop." If we all decide that what we are doing is not enough, there will be no one left doing anything.
So... What are you waiting for? This is your invitation, your challenge. What random act of kindness will you and your students perform? What difference will it make?

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At March 18, 2012 at 8:51 AM , Blogger Jessica said...

I absolutely love the homework idea and the RAOKS award!! That is just brilliant.

Apples and Papers

At March 18, 2012 at 10:29 AM , Blogger Barbara said...

Pinning this right now . . . thanks for the inspiration! And for posting Crystal's kind outreach for our friends in KY . . . working on how to get 4th and 5th graders to believe that kindness is cool. Would LOVE your thoughts!

The Corner On Character

At March 18, 2012 at 10:40 AM , Blogger Think, Wonder, & Teach said...

Barbara - Thanks for your pin!

4-5 graders are tweens aka extremely selfish. The reason is they are just now recognizing that they are an individual separate from their families. They are trying to form their own identities.

You have to trick them into thinking something is their own idea. As a group, they were about everything. Find something they are concerned with and ask them how to fix it. Give them the opportunity to do so and then ask them how it felt to be kind. The more involved and fun it is, the more control they have over it, and the more recognition they recieve the more cool it will become.

PS - cool is out. You want kindness to be awesome or epic or even better awesomely epic! LOL!

At March 18, 2012 at 11:01 AM , Blogger Barbara said...

Kindness is EPIC . . . I love it!! OK, so I'm going to put it in their hands . . . . wish me luck - thanks!! Perhaps I've been in preK-3 too long.

At March 18, 2012 at 4:07 PM , Blogger Amy said...

I love this!! You definitely gave me some inspiration reading your blog today :)

The Crazy Adventures of a University Graduate

At March 18, 2012 at 8:20 PM , Anonymous Amber Unger said...

Hi Misty! I also found your blog recently. It looks great! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I look forward to sharing ideas with you. :)

At March 19, 2012 at 4:25 AM , Blogger Patti White said...

Love this idea! I think a teacher across the hall is doing something like this. I am also doing the TTCT! I saw your comment on my blog about how you found me at the linky party, and so I came right over. I am now following your too!
Happy Blogging!
Patti :)
A Series of 3rd Grade Events

At March 19, 2012 at 7:24 PM , Blogger Joy said...

I've celebrated your blog with the Liebster Award.
Come on over and check it out!


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