“You know kids can change the world!”
Our video pick for February will not only melt your heart, but it will inspire you to spread kindness.
Ms. Norenberg and her class call themselves the ‘kindness squad.' After completing the 21 Day Kindness Challenge elementary program, Ms. Norenberg's class is secretly doing acts of kindness for others in their community. Check out this video to find out what Ms. Norenberg and her students are doing to change the world.
Gretchen Rubin, blockbuster New York Times bestselling author of Happier at Home and the Happiness Project, has discovered four personality types to help us understand how to work and motivate ourselves and others. With the start of 2017, we empower you with the opportunity to develop new personal habits as well as help your students create new healthy habits! We hope our January 2017 video pick inspires you to help your students develop new positive habits.
The four personality types are:
Make a list of your students and think about how they respond to “rules.” Write beside their name which personality type you believe they have - note this can change over time. When you assign new projects to your students, look at your list and monitor the ones who need more motivation.
For the upholder types, give them a list of the items due and let them know when the final project is due. Allow them the autonomy for them to create their own timeline and check in with them every now and again.
For the questioner types, you can help them stay motivated by saying, “Here is the list of items that are due, you can work on them in any order you want.” Note, if they are a questioner/upholder type, that is all you have to say. However, if they are a questioner/rebel type then you may have to add, “I’ll bet you a cookie (sticker, free play, etc.) that you can’t get it all done by Friday.”
For the rebel types, you can help them keep up with deadlines by saying, “I’ll bet you a cookie (sticker, free play, etc.) that you can’t complete five pages of this project by the deadline.” They will need smaller chunks of the larger project with more encouragement.
For the obliger types, you can help them by checking in with them more often and making sure they have short-term due dates for the larger project. They will turn in their project on time but if you do not check in with them throughout the project, they may not give you their best work or they might not enjoy the project as much because they’ve waited until the last minute to complete it.
Let us know.
What personality type are you? What is the dominant personality type in your classroom? Add a comment below or let us know on Facebook or Twitter.
It was the beginning of the school year, and Principal Denise Kelly was feeling frustrated. Despite hard work and positive efforts by her staff, her school – Sterling Elementary in Sterling, Alaska – was experiencing high levels of behavioral issues. Principal Kelly had more students in her office and had suspended more kids by October than in the entire previous school year. She wanted to break the negative cycle!
Mrs. Kelly reached out to the 21 Day Kindness Challenge with the hopes that the program would reignite her staff to feel kindness in themselves and to share the kindness with their students. She is extremely happy with the results.
“I saw changes in our students; I saw changes in our staff. When we talk about students and their difficult behaviors, we talk about how to lead them back to kindness with kindness! The focus on kindness has been infectious!”
Mrs. Kelly’s co-kindness coach is Katy McKinley. She was inspired to help with the Kindness Challenge because she has been teaching Growth Mindset in her classroom, and felt that the 21 Day Kindness Challenge is an excellent complement to the Growth Mindset. She was very excited about bringing additional positive change to their school.
Mrs. McKinley was very pleased with the impact the 21 Day Kindness Challenge has had on her classroom and Sterling Elementary. She says other teachers agreed that the 21 Day Kindness Challenge was much needed and served a necessary purpose in their classrooms.
“It is amazing how contagious kindness can be,” she said. “Students, staff, and community have been affected by our challenge!”
Mrs. Kelly concurred. “Our (kindness) chain was 931 feet and it equated to 6,571 acts of kindness!” she said. “But beyond that, we had a class who all on their own conducted their own kindness missions across the school and the world. We had a parent contact us and ask us to spread cheer with handwritten cards to the children at the hospital over Christmas to whom they provide gifts. We had numerous parents comment at how contagious our kindness challenge was!”
Sterling’s office referrals have already seen a decrease by nearly 70% since they held their 21 Day Kindness Challenge, said Mrs. Kelly.
“Students are helping each other more and are being more respectful to the adults.”
Mrs. Kelly says the best part about the 21 Day Kindness Challenge at Sterling Elementary School was watching students do kind things, tell her about the kind things they did and seeing them ask to help others “just because.” Mrs. McKinley agreed, saying that she also loved sharing the daily videos that are provided as part of the program and planning the kick off and celebration Kindness Challenge assemblies for the school, especially because they included lots of students and community members.
Sterling Elementary School really got into the spirit of the 21 Day Kindness Challenge with their kick off and celebration assemblies. They invited many guests to attend and participate. A former Sterling principal, a school board representative, their school district’s communications specialist, a community volunteer and their State Senator all made guest speeches! Their district superintendent and a former Sterling Elementary secretary helped the students celebrate at the end of their Kindness Challenge.
One of Mrs. Kelly’s favorite parts of the 21 Day Kindness Challenge was dressing up as the Kindness Queen, a role she took on during the kick-off assembly.
“For our second week, I decided that I should ensure that the students were still thinking about kindness after the weekend. So I put on my Kindness Queen costume – which is not necessarily 'Winter in Alaska' appropriate – and I went to bus duty, greeting all of the students and parents with a reminder to be kind!”
Mrs. Kelly says that anyone can and should do the 21 Day Kindness Challenge. “Any school can do it!” she says. “Focusing on kindness is easy! It is well worth the time and the energy.”
One of the 21 Day Kindness Challenge team’s favorite stories about Sterling Elementary was getting an email from an enthusiastic kindness coach from another school in California.
“I just heard the 21 Day Kindness Challenge on the Bobby Bones show!” she emailed to let us know. Sterling Elementary had received a super fun shout-out from the morning show hosts.
Listen to the shout-out on the Bobby Bones show here. The Sterling clip starts at 7:38.
The 21 Day Kindness Challenge team applauds Mrs. Kelly and Mrs. McKinley for their dedication, creativity, passion, and enthusiasm for creating a kinder, more inclusive school climate. To find out how you can make a difference on your school campus, visit our website!
Are you looking for a unique holiday gift for your children’s teachers that will be greatly appreciated and create lasting impact? The 21 Day Kindness Challenge: Classroom Edition is the perfect holiday gift for all the teachers in your life!
Your gift of the 21 Day Kindness Challenge: Classroom Edition will provide your children’s teachers with 21 days of lessons, projects, activities and team meetings that teach kindness, compassion, appreciation and caring. It makes a wonderful gift for any K-6 classroom teacher, youth group, preschool teacher, home-school, or any small group-based learning environment.
The 21 Day Kindness Challenge: Classroom Edition is a gift that will be remembered and appreciated for years to come, not only by your child's teacher but by the students for whom you will be creating lasting change. You will be gifting a four-week program that includes step-by-step weekly theme-based activities to emphasize kindness, caring, appreciation and gratitude. The program integrates seamlessly with existing curriculum so teachers won't have any extra work to do.
Give the gift of kindness today!
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“One of the most difficult things to give away is kindness; it usually comes back to you!”
Kindness really does make a difference in our world. The 21 Day Kindness Challenge team is proud of this teen who is reaching out and doing what he can to spread kindness in his community. With a simple yet very helpful act of kindness, this teen made a difference for his neighbor. Thank you, Brett, for reminding us how easy it is to be kind!
We encourage you to share Brett's story with your students, and see what kind acts you can inspire in them!
Do you want to give ideas to your students on how to spread kindness in their neighborhoods, too?
Here are 5 easy ways to say thank you or just let people know that you care.
Do you have some other ways that you or your students spread kindness in your community? We want to hear from you! Share them with us by commenting on this blog post or by sharing on our social media channels Facebook and Twitter.
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"We high school students face stress, anxiety, drama, and negativity from time to time the acts of random kindness club strives to make high school a little more Pleasant by conducting uplifting campaigns, activities, And projects, because it's the little things in life that make a difference." ~ ARK Club
An amazing group of high school students from Independence High put this short film together. They are all apart of the Acts of Random Kindness club (ARK). This is a group of high school students who want to bring more kindness to their world and the world around them.
Sabrina Ma created ARK in 2011 for the sole purpose of lifting the ‘spirits of herself and her peers.’ The club has grown significantly – ARK is currently at 26 high schools across California. The club members recently created a short film entitled “The Little Things.” This video touched my heart and I hope it touches yours too.
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