Teacher: You had so much to offer yesterday. You okay?
Aiden: I'm tired.
Teacher: So what's going on?
Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond: Strong relationships are central to the learning process.
What the science of learning and development tells us is that we need to create learning environments, which allow for strong, long-term relationships for children to become attached to school and to the adults and other children in it.
My daughter's wedding was Saturday. I can't even begin to write all the stories of kindness, but on the day of, I had so many things to do it was impossible. I had to pick up the cake, macarons, candles, baskets, all in different towns. I left early, drove out, got there, and didn't have my wallet!!! I was not going to make it home and back to do everything.
I was so excited that my childhood friend from Sweden was in Sydney with her family and making the effort to fly to Melbourne to see me.
On the morning of her arrival, I set off to drop my son at school before going to the airport. He was driving and as we sat at the lights, the driver next to us honked and pointed at the ground at the front of our car. We wound down the window and he informed us that the tyre was flat. We thanked him for letting us know. As we drove to the closest service station to investigate, my son said he thought the steering felt a bit strange.
It can sometimes be difficult to get students, especially those in higher grades, to open up but this is a fun way of encouraging students to let their guard down a little.
One year at Christmas my husband and I dropped one of our cars off for service and headed out to shop. Earlier in the week I had contacted the local elementary school to see if there was a child in need. I was told about a little boy who didn’t even have socks to wear with his shoes in the winter. We shopped for our children and spent a little over $150 on the little boy. read more →
If you are looking for classroom incentives for positive behavior and effort I highly encourage you to create a Punch It! Board. It’s super easy to make and something the students in my class never tire of!
This is an incentive system that can be adapted to any classroom and great for use at home use as well.
"Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be."
- Rita Pierson
This is especially true in education. So many kids get lost in a system that's geared toward the masses. A system that favours academic achievement over personal growth.
I offered a little old lady some of our leftover muffins when I noticed she had accidentally dropped hers on the floor at the restaurant. read more →
My Mum took us into the city for a night as a treat over the school holidays. read more →
When we flew home recently, the airline somehow mixed our seats up. My daughter and I were on opposite sides of the plane, 9 rows apart, on a full flight. read more →
When I was a new young, single Mom, my son was always sick. They weren’t sure what was wrong with him but we were always at the doctors and getting medication.
My work was limited because I was spending so much time with him at the doctors.
Anyhow, one day I was at the pharmacy trying to fill his prescription and there had been an error. It was taking forever and many people were in line behind me. The frustration was escalating for everyone and the pharmacist said I could just pay for the prescription (that was supposed to be covered 100%) and get reimbursed later. The problem was I didn’t have any money. read more →
It’s a given that most parents want their children to grow up with good values and character traits. Kindness, compassion, perseverance and honesty are just some of the traits we want to instill in our kids. But how are character traits developed?
Charles Starkey, Associate Professor of Philosophy studies emotion theory and moral psychology. He says that character traits are determined by our values but that emotions also play a huge role. In short, kids need emotional intelligence and to see positive character traits in others to adopt them.
Stories of Kindness
- 27 Feb 2020I’d rather be swindled by someone that doesn’t need it than to pass by someone that does.
- 19 Feb 2020Food stamps over junk food
- 12 Feb 2020Our plans of helping a family went to hell
- 06 Feb 202030 Easy Acts of Kindness for Teaching Your Kids to Make the World Better
- 05 Feb 2020This teacher saves kids who are struggling to connect