Kind: to be generous, helpful, and think about other people's feelings.
Being kind is such a simple notion. Kindness is one of the most rewarding things we humans can do, yet being kind also seems to be one of the most challenging aspects in our society today. Our students are inundated with the outrageous, the obscene, the spectacle, and the drama in almost every media outlet available to them. All too often, this information focuses more on how to roast someone, or ridicule them, than on being gracious and kind. Therefore, I spend A LOT of time focusing on kindness in my classroom. I not only try to model kindness, but I also try to sprinkle examples of kindness throughout my lessons. I embed quotes that feature kind phrases and thoughts, assign short reading assignments that highlight a random act of kindness, show a video clip that illustrates kindness in action, and even assign grammar activities that revolve around "kind" sentences.
The 2016 election and upcoming inauguration have underscored American society's need for an immediate emphasis on respect, honor, and KINDNESS. Thus, I have linked up with some amazing teachers from Secondary Smorgasbord to offer all of our amazing blog followers a set of FREE resources that focus on truth and kindness. Just follow the link at the bottom of this post to hop around and grab a plethora of great resources!