Monday, February 20, 2017

How to Show Kindness

One of the crazy things about teaching is having all of your lesson plans set for the week - and then changing them last minute. One of the best pieces of advice I have received in my first year of teaching is to remember that I am not just teaching students, but I'm teaching our future - six year olds who need guidance, and need to be taught how to treat others.

So - two weeks ago I had all of my writing lesson plans set. How to Make Hot Chocolate, How to Make S'mores...etc. All fun, and engaging lessons to keep my students interested. But on Monday night I came home and decided to forget all of it.

My students needed a BIG lesson on kindness. 

I sat down Monday night and hopped onto Pinterest to find read-alouds that would help me teach kindness! I found a great list over on Proud to be Primary's blog (thank you!!).

Tuesday morning we read the book Recess Queen, by Alexis O'Neill. My students loved talking about Mean Jean (hello, character traits!!) and how she did/didn't show kindness. 

After reading this, I sent my writers on their way to sketch out their "How to Show Kindness" writing. They used this template to draw their ideas. They were so excited, and had so many different ideas. Some of my students really surprised me!!

After that, they wrote their 'sloppy copy'! Then, they were ready to publish. I let them pick from these three templates. 

For my English Language Learners I included a word bank for them to use as a reference. 

Their final kindness papers were TOO cute! I have received so many compliments on them after putting them in the hallway. It's so amazing to view kindness through 6 year old eyes. 

How do you encourage kindness in your classroom!? 

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