Cultivating Kindness in School

Cultivating Kindness in School
Activities That Promote Integrity, Respect, and Compassion in Elementary and Middle School Students
Elementary
Middle School
8.5x11
Pages: 
210
ISBN: 
978-0-87822-485-2
Item Number:
5230
Price:$29.99
Cultivating Kindness in School: Activities That Promote Integrity, Respect, and Compassion in Elementary and Middle School Students

Overview

Grades 1-8. This training program, which includes 72 classroom and schoolwide activities, is built around Three Basic Rules: being kind to ourselves, being kind to one another, and being kind to this space; and The Kindness Pledge: seeking to be positive, putting down put-downs, honoring our differences, discovering our similarities, healing our hurts, listening to one another, honoring heroes, reaching higher for success, and living our dreams. During the program, students are rewarded and recognized for their acts of kindness. Cultivating Kindness promotes a positive school environment, lowers tension among groups, decreases the number of disciplinary reports, and teaches students the social skills they need to be successful adults.

Table of Contents

PART 1: KIND SCHOOLS

Work of the Task Force


Work of Action Groups

Schoolwide Activities

  1. Selecting Staff and Faculty Task Force Members
  2. Selecting Student Task Force Members
  3. Selecting Community Task Force Members
  4. Creating a Vision
  5. Choosing Program Components
  6. Maintaining a Calendar of Events
  7. Establishing Action Groups
  8. Action-Group Planning
  9. Creating Posters and Signs
  10. Organizing a Kickoff Event
  11. Organizing Five Days of Kindness
  12. Organizing Quarterly Events
  13. Using Kindness Boxes and Notes
  14. Using Kindness Coupons
  15. Establishing Kind Buddies Connections
  16. Establishing a Study Buddies Program
  17. Creating a Student Service Team
  18. Creating a Student Media Team
  19. Identifying Guest Speakers
  20. Creating a Group of Student Speakers

PART 2: KIND CLASSROOMS

Kind Classrooms: Lessons for Grades K-3

Sequence 1: Basic Practices for Building a Community

  • What Is Kindness? Using a Kindness Log
  • Three Basic Rules
  • Learning the Kindness Pledge
  • Doing My Best
  • Mail Pouches

Sequence 2: Who We Are

  • Trains
  • Power Circle
  • Card Villages
  • Class Quilt
  • Class Flag

Sequence 3: Circle of Kindness Meetings

  • Creating an Opening Ritual
  • Checking In with Feelings
  • Clearing a Conflict, Asking for Forgiveness
  • Creating a Closing Ritual
  • Kindness Pledge Activity

Sequence 4: Living the Kindness Pledge

  • Seeking the Positive
  • Putting Down Put-Downs
  • Honoring Our Differences, Discovering Our Similarities
  • Healing Our Hurts
  • Listening to One Another
  • Honoring Heroes
  • Reaching Higher for Success
  • Living Our Dreams

Kind Classrooms: Lessons for Grades 4-8

Sequence 1: Basic Practices for Building a Community

  • What is Kindness? Using a Kindness Log
  • Three Basic Rules
  • Learning the Kindness Pledge
  • Building Integrity
  • A Code of Ethics

Sequence 2: Who We Are

  • My Cultures
  • A Collage of My Culture
  • Character Cards
  • Power Circle
  • Paper Beams

Sequence 3: Circle of Kindness Meetings

  • Creating an Opening Ritual
  • Checking In with Feelings
  • Clearing a Conflict, Asking for Forgiveness
  • Creating a Closing Ritual
  • Kindness Pledge Activity

Sequence 4: Living the Kindness Pledge

  • Seeking the Positive
  • Putting Down Put-Downs
  • Honoring Our Differences, Discovering Our Similarities
  • Healing Our Hurts
  • Listening to One Another
  • Honoring Heroes
  • Reaching Higher for Success
  • Living Our Dreams

Sequence 5: Kindness Dilemmas

  • Jack's Dilemma
  • Maria's Dilemma
  • Alicia's Dilemma
  • Takisha's Dilemma
  • Roberto's Dilemma
  • Creating Kindness Dilemmas

Appendix A: The Context of Character Education

Appendix B: The High School Connection

Appendix C: Kind Classrooms Lesson Posters

  • Three Basic Rules
  • Kindness Pledge
  • Circle of Kindness Meeting Agenda
  • Four-Point Process for Clearing a Conflict and
    Asking for Forgiveness

Tables

  1. The Kindness Pledge
  2. Kind Classrooms Lesson Schedule:
    Grades K-3
  3. Kind Classrooms Lesson Schedule:
    Grades 4-8
  4. Schoolwide Activities