February 13, 2022
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Exchanging perspectives and experiences with other educators is a great way to practice kindness while building your skills! Join us this Thursday (#RandomActsofKindnessDay!) to share and discuss ways to use spreadsheets and forms in the classroom.
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Random Acts of Kindness Week
Today marks the start of Random Act of Kindness Week, which includes Random Acts of Kindness Day on Thursday, February 17th! We invite you to join the celebrations using hashtags #MakeKindnessTheNorm, #RandomActsofKindnessDay, and #RAKDay on social media. Find activities for your lessons in the resources in this section.
Random Acts of Kindness
Inspire people to practice kindness and empathy and pass it on to others. Explore lesson plans, classroom materials, projects, ideas for courses, and RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) clubs. Find research, videos, and stories about random acts of kindness.
The Nora Project Resources for Educators
Discover activities and resources for educators that promote disability inclusion and connect learning about disabilities to real-world situations. Visit the Kindness Library to find books and lesson plans. There is also a calming room with music.
Be Fearless Be Kind
Be Fearless Be Kind is an empathy toolkit developed to help kids become change-makers by fostering empathy and leadership, creative problem solving, and teamwork. Sample categories include “Build the Foundation” and “Identify Feelings.”
Try out this online game for 3–5 players (all in the same room) to build creativity and empathy through small group deliberations. The game consists of three rounds of discussion and debate and ends with the group's choice of the best idea.
Inspire My Kids
Find inspiring, age-appropriate real stories, videos, and projects to share with your students that demonstrate excellent values like courage, determination, honesty, humility, kindness, responsibility, and tolerance.
Empower your students and learn more about this large organization that helps young people take action by promoting causes they care about and motivates them with realistic, creative inspiration to establish a culture of volunteerism.
Pennies for Peace
The Pennies for Peace curriculum directly links to grade-level social studies, math, and literacy standards. View the extensive toolkit that shows how to implement the campaign and provides background resources and curriculum materials for all grades.
Special Topics Related to Kindness
The three curated lists of resources shared in this section can empower your students to practice kindness. Fnd collections related to social-emotional learning, empathy, and having difficult conversations with compassion.
Social and Emotional Learning Resources
Using social and emotional skills, students better understand emotions, manage their feelings, and show empathy towards others. Find appropriate tools and resources to use with your students of all grade levels and in your lessons.
Resources Related to Difficult Conversations
The resources shared in this collection will give you ideas on how to start and facilitate tough conversations about topics like inequality, injustice, and politics sensitively while accomplishing learning goals and teaching kindness.
In this curated collection of reviewed resources, we share tools and activities that will help you create lessons and experiences that cultivate empathy and kindness in your students. There are also informational websites about this important topic.
This Week at TeachersFirst
Join us this week for a professional learning workshop on Tuesday, and come tweet with us on Thursday during our bi-monthly Twitter chat! We’re also sharing a related blog post and our weekly poll.
Tuesday, 2/15, 7 PM ET
OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire - Basic Spreadsheets and Forms for Real-World Problem Solving
Join this session and learn to use forms and spreadsheets for basic data collection and analysis. You will learn to use these tools to design authentic learning activities that provide support while facilitating deep learning.
Plan for the use of forms and/or spreadsheets in the classroom »
Thursday, 2/17, 8 PM ET
Twitter Chat: Using Spreadsheets and Forms in the Classroom
Come and tweet with us using the hashtags #OK2Ask and #TeachersFirst. During this chat, we will explore the features of forms and spreadsheets and share ways to integrate them in the classroom for student use.
Collaborate on ways to use forms and spreadsheets in instruction »
Infusing Technology Blog
Let’s Talk About Random Acts of Kindness
Delve into this blog post to learn many ways to infuse the concept of kindness into your instruction. Find activities for all ages that include creating kindness rocks, hosting Positive Post-it Day, creating an affirmation station, and more.
Share your thoughts with our community
This week our poll asks, "How do you mainly encourage kindness in your class?" Share your choice and view the replies of other educators once you click submit.
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