We want every classroom to be a caring and kind one. Unfortunately, with the emphasis on literacy and math, encouraging good character isn’t always seen as a priority. We want to re-energize you in your pursuit to help every child develop empathy and consideration for others. We’ve listed some of the best resources for creating a caring classroom environment. If you have more ideas, please share them with us in the comments.
Hear Barbara Gruener, school counselor of 2009 National School of Character, Westwood-Bales Elementary, talk about how kindness can transform your school.
Listen to Mary Gordon, Founder of Roots of Empathy, discuss the importance of empathy and how to help children develop it.
Watch the Greater Good Science Center’s video, “Raising Kinder Kids”, featuring Parenting Expert, Christine Carter. She offers great suggestions for encouraging character development by incorporating kindness into your everyday life.
Need a lesson plan or project idea for promoting kindness? The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation has you covered. Providing a wealth of resources for grades K-12 be sure to take a look at all they have to offer.
Ready to make Valentine’s Day more meaningful? Scholastic has ideas for teaching kindness on Valentine’s day!
Character.org also has lesson plans that promote kindness from our Schools of Character:
Consider having your students write Kindness Acrostics like at Apollo Beach Elementary
Send letters to learn about Kindness Around the World as Salt Brook Elementary did.
Follow Oakhurst Elementary’s example and make a Kindness Quilt to display your class’s acts of kindness.
The Heart of Education by Dara Feldman
7 Tips on Raising Caring and Compassionate Children by Michele Borba
What’s Under Your Cape: SUPERHEROES of the Character Kind by Barbara Gruener
Relationships + Rules + Routines = Results by Phillip Vincent and Doug Grove
Founded on Caring: A Case Study of Sadler Arts Academy by Becky Sipos
The Classroom as a Caring Community by Hal Urban
Click below to learn even more about building a caring school community in our guide to principle 4!