The Kindness Project


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Inspired by the 30 Goals Challenge by Shelly Sanchez Terrell and Vicky Loras’s first post, I started a Project with my students, teachers and friends called “30 Days of Kindness” that was then stretched by popular demand to 72 days. The idea was to engage people with thought-provoking questions, quotes and other texts on kindness so that they could share what they are doing to bring it into their lives. In this session, we are going to look at some of these questions, how they were answered, see some practical ideas of activities I used in the classroom to spread kindness and then reflect on its meaning, inside and outside the classroom.

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The Kindness Project

  1. 1. The Kindness Project Malu Sciamarelli 2013 Reform Symposium e-conference - RSCON4
  2. 2. Kindness?
  3. 3. Kindness Project
  4. 4. Cookie monster left the last cookie for someone. What are you going to do for someone today? #Day 1
  5. 5. Classroom - Supportive and engaging environment - Learning increases - Less mean, cruel bullying behavior - See people being kind
  6. 6. “It’s a little embarrassing that after 45 years of research and study, the best advice I can give people is to be a little kinder.” Aldous Huxley #Day 9 Have you ever felt embarrassed about being kind?
  7. 7. Classroom - Students feel embarrassed about being kind - Challenge: expand students’ circle - Being kind with people who are not in their main circle
  8. 8. “We need to always develop our personality to meet the needs of our profession. As educators who teach in the class, patience, kindness, friendliness, care and many more are just important traits to develop.” Itje Chodidjah #Day 13 Do you think kindness is as important as any other skill in the classroom?
  9. 9. Classroom - It is proven that kindness is a skill - Since it is a skill, it can be learned and practiced
  10. 10. What do you give unconditionally, but get so much more in return? #Day 5
  11. 11. Classroom - Good teachers know about the material / lesson - Emotional impact of students on teachers' lives - How the material / lesson impacts on the students’ lives
  12. 12. "Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work." Willian Arthur Ward #Day 59 What can we do?
  13. 13. Classroom - We need to bring back the interest to school: social development not only school achievements - From being passive to active
  14. 14. Every day, think as you wake up: I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life. I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts toward others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can. Dalai Lama #Day 46
  15. 15. Classroom
  16. 16. We are told that a single soul that turns from the negative to the positive and starts to do acts of loving kindness can alter the world. It is also written that if you save one soul, it is as you’ve saved the entire world. We – each and every one of us – need to understand that we have the capacity to do just that. #Day 34
  17. 17. Classroom - In order for school performance to be achieved at the higher levels, a positive school environment is necessary
  18. 18. Mother Teresa once said, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” We can all learn something similar: we can’t change the world and everyone in it. But what we can do is change ourselves. #Day 17 Ask yourself: - What small thing will you do in your next class?
  19. 19. Classroom - Education is an investment in who we are individually and collectively, and what we want our world to become
  20. 20. Write a letter to someone who made a difference in your life
  21. 21. 1. Speaking: Has someone made a difference in your life?
  22. 22. 2. Writing a letter or email: How to write a thank-you note:
  23. 23. Creative ways to tell someone “thank you”
  24. 24. Kindness Lesson by Kieran Donaghy
  25. 25. Wishes on a coffee cup
  26. 26. How can we do that on the top of everything else we have to do? “Perfect kindness acts without thinking kindness.” Lao Tzu #Day 24
  27. 27. What difference can teaching kindness in our classrooms/schools make?
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