Happy Friday! We hope you and your school community are witnessing the ripples of kindness at your school. We have such a fun week planned. We kick off the week in a sweet way, and by the end of the week, you will be inspired to spread kindness to a friend in need.
There are only 19 days left to our October Kindness Give-A-Way! It's not too late to sign-up. Your school has a chance to win a 300 Participants Package of the 21 Day Kindness Challenge: School-Wide Program. You can find all the details on how to play and how to win on our give-a-way page.
Invite Others in Your School Community to Join You in Spreading Kindness!
Here's a few suggests on how to encourage others to join you:
Have a fantastic week! Below is Your Sneak Peek Into Your Kindness Week for 10.15-10.19. Let us know if you have any questions.
Happy Friday! The first week of our kindness give-a-way challenge went awesome!
You will find this coming week's challenges in the info-graph below. We encourage you to play along every day to earn kindness points and have a chance to win our October prize: a 21 Day Kindness Challenge: School-Wide Program 300 participants package! For more information on how to play along and win go to our give-a-way page.
A big shout out to all the schools who participated in last weeks kindness challenge give-a-way. Awesome job spreading kindness!
Keep up the great work!
Yeah! We are so excited our 21 Day Kindness Challenge give-a-way kindness week is starting October 1, 2018. You will find this coming week's challenges in the info-graph below. We encourage you to play along every day to earn kindness points and have a chance to win our October prize: a 21 Day Kindness Challenge: School-Wide Program 300 participants package!
Be sure to connect with us on your favorite social media channels as we will post the daily challenges on each of our social sites. #iChoose2BeKind
21 Day Kindness Challenge Give-A-Way
We invite you to play along, and we encourage you to invite your school community to join us too. Every Friday starting on September 28, we will post "Take-A-Sneak-Peek into Your Kindness Week" on our blog. These weekly posts will outline what you need to do for the upcoming week. Every day you will be encouraged to play along (via social media) to earn 21 Day Kindness Challenge points. At the end of each month, the school with the most 21 Day Kindness Challenge points will win a prize.
21 Day Kindness Challenge: School-Wide Program 300 participants package!
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We are very excited to share a few announcements with you! My team and I have been busy developing new innovative ways to help you spread even more kindness on your school campus.
We are rolling out new programs this year (join our waitlist). In addition to the current 21 Day Kindness Challenge packages, we will be offering monthly theme-based downloadable challenges that you and your students will absolutely love! You will be able to implement them right away.
Best of all there is no huge planning time and they can be used in a small or large group setting. The programs can be implemented by student leadership teachers, after-school leaders, girl scout troop leaders, student activities directors, and other youth programs.
Get Inspired by Inspiring People!
We are so delighted to announce that we will be talking with acclaimed authors, kindness crusaders, professors, and many more inspiring people on our new podcast channel. Check back or our October line-up.
Monthly Give-A-Way Kindness Contest!
We are giving away something really cool each month in the name of kindness. On the first of every month, we will announce the monthly prize on our blog and on our social media channels.
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How it works. Every Friday (starting on September 28), we will post "Take-A-Sneak-Peek into Your Kindness Week" on our blog. These weekly posts will outline what you need to do for the upcoming week. Every day you will be encouraged to play along (via social media) to earn 21 Day Kindness Challenge points. At the end of each month, the school with the most 21 Day Kindness Challenge points will win a kindness prize.
Help Us Spread Kindness
We invite you to play along, and we encourage you to invite your school community to join us too.
Create a safe place for your students to express their thoughts and feelings about gun violence and school shootings.
Since the mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, students all over the nation have been seeking answers from lawmakers, parents, teachers, and administrators.
Middle school and high school students plan to take action in a nation-wide walkout protest against gun policies on March 14. This planned walkout is causing educators to consider ways to respond to their student's needs.
How can educators show that they respect and value their students’ freedom of thought and speech all the while ensure their student's safety and well-being?
Creating a safe place on campus for students to express their thoughts, feelings, and ideas is one way to tackle the issue. Here are four activities you can set up on your school campus:
1. Host of Moment of Silence “Walkout.”
The Women’s March Youth Empower is asking high school students to “host a walkout." The organization is asking students to sign up on its website. The plan is to walkout of class for 17 minutes (a minute for each life lost) starting at 10:00 AM on March 14, 2018.
Keeping the safety and well-being of your students in mind while still allowing them an opportunity to participate in the walkout, you can ask your schools’ leadership group(s) to help you organize a “Moment of Silence” during the walkout. Gathering your entire school community in a centrally located place that students, teachers, and staff can get to quickly.
Then, at 10:00 AM have your student leaders lead their classmates in a moment of silence for 17 minutes. After the 17 minutes are over your school community can continue with the other activities below in their individual classrooms or as an entire school community.
2. Create a Discussion Wall.
Using large sheets of paper, wrap a centerally located wall with the paper. Write down three to five questions (suggestions below). Ask students to write down their responses to the questions. Allow students access to this Discussion Wall all day. Suggestion - have a couple of school councilors present in case students need to talk about their thoughts or feelings.
3. Give Students an Opportunity to Talk it Out.
Have a classroom discussion or have students draft a letter to lawmakers on where they stand, why they feel strongly about participating in the protest, and their solution to resolving school violence.
4. Focus on Kindness.
Give your school community an opportunity to work together to create a more inclusive environment; by encouraging kindness on campus, you can help students find positive solutions. We have created several blog posts to help you promote kindness - check them out below.
Random Acts of Kindness Generator
Get to Know Your Classmates
Take a Seat & Make a Friend Ball Pit
For some people making new friends can be a bit terrifying. We’ve put together a fun interactive project for students of all ages. Younger students can make posters or simply do a small presentation on flash cards, while older students can utilize technology and create a PowerPoint presentation or iMovie. The sky is the limit.
List of Interview Questions
Watch the magic happen! Our Fun Kindness Project this month will get the whole school talking. We've created 25 Conversation Topics that you can use today!
Here's what to do:
Step 1: Download & Print KindnessConversationTopics.
Step 2: Laminate & cut up the Conversation Topic cards.
Step 3: Place each stack of 25 cards into separate containers.
Step 4: Place Conversation Cards on the tables where students will be sitting for their snack or lunch break.
How it works:
Step 1: Choose a day each week (or month) where you, your teachers, and staff can commit to eating lunch with students.
Step 2: The adult at the table will pick a card from the stack and read it aloud. Then, he or she will ask the students to answer the question, fill in the blank or whatever else the card asks.
Step 3: If there is time, ask a student at the table to pick a different card from the stack. Have him or her read it to the group and invite others to answer the question, fill in the blank or whatever else the card asks.
These Conversation Topics can lead to stronger connections and open the door for deeper conversations in the future. Think of them as icebreakers! We hope you have fun with this activity and we hope it helps you in building a stronger school community through kindness. If you have any questions about our programs, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Webcast Overview & Suggestions
Download Conversation Topics: Kindness
Let us know how your Conversation Topic sessions went!
Here is our first, of many, podcasts! We are very excited to share this with you. This month we are focusing on empathy. In this episode, our founder Justina Bryant talks you through Dr. Riess' E.M.P.A.T.H.Y formula, and she encourages all of us to continue to teach, grow, and develop our empathy skills. We hope you enjoy this episode.
Blog reference link: A Message of Kindness: A Kindness Project about Empathy
We are still working on uploading the program to iTunes. We will keep you posted when our official site is up and running.
Can empathy be taught or is it genetically hard-wired? You may have heard people say; “You either have empathy, or you don’t," “Everyone is born with a certain amount of empathy,” “Girls have more empathy than boys.”
In Dr. Riess’ TEDx talk, she reveals her scientific findings that humans CAN develop greater empathy skills. As an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Riess has administered numerous studies using her E.M.P.A.T.H.Y. formula. Her formula has proven to increase empathy skills among those who use it.
Additionally, Daniel Coyle the author of “The Talent Code" states, a person can change his or her behavior and habits by growing myelin. You "grow" myelin by doing deep practice of a particular skill. Furthermore, in the book “Mindset,” Carol Dweck points out that if we develop a growth mindset, we can change the way we view and do things. In other words, you can teach an old dog new tricks if they have an open mindset.
It is important to continue to practice empathy skills with students of all ages, from pre-school to high school. We’ve put together a fun kindness activity to help you and your students improve your empathy skills.
Step 1: Open with a video
Show your students the age-appropriate video about empathy. We suggest you show the elementary video link to ALL grades K-12 before showing the age-appropriate video. Why? The elementary video is easy to understand.
Step 2: Read stories
Print off all three stories that we adapted from Character Education:
For younger grades, have a parent volunteer or teacher read the stories to the class. For older grades, ask for three student volunteers to read each story to the class. If your classroom has the capability, you could project the stories.
Step 3: Discuss the empathy formula
Write Dr. Riess' empathy formula on the board.
E = eye contact
M = movement
P = posture
A = affect or expressed emotions
T = tone of voice
H = hearing the whole person without judgment
Y = your response
You can do this discussion as a whole group or pair students into smaller groups. Discuss how the empathy formula is unfolding in each of the stories. Ask the students to come up with specific examples from each story. For instance, in the story "Puppies For Sale," the last line - “With tears in his eyes, the farmer reached down and picked up the little pup.”
Step 4: Brainstorm real issues
As a class brainstorm and write out a list of struggles that people might be going through; this can be a family pet that has just passed, a grandparent who is sick, a bad grade in class, someone who is struggling with a particular friendship, being stressed out about an exam, etc.
Step 5: Give a message of kindness
Ask your students (and yourself) to get out a piece of paper. Have them to write down a name of someone they know who has been struggling or maybe just needs a little kindness done for them. Invite your students to write a note or draw a picture for the person they wrote down. Then ask your students to give his or her message of kindness to that person as soon as it is possible.
Share your stories, pictures, and thoughts with us! #ichoose2bekind
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