I am linking up with three wonderful blogs today- Ideas by Jivey, Collaboration Cuties and Head Over Heels Teaching. Today's theme is Peace, Hope, Love and Kindness. I am going to focus on kindness. My school has a school wide motto of "Obey the Law of Kindness". This motto is taken from a Psalm 31:26 (KJV), 'She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness'. This theme is all over my school and I love it! My students are not perfect in their kindness, and often need to be reminded of obeying the law of kindness, but they do have an understanding of how being unkind to a person can effect them. In the month of January, we have a school wide kindness challenge. Our principal challenges the students to be caught being kind and every time a student is caught being kind they receive a tally point. The tally points are then converted into dots that will cover huge 3-D letters of ALA. Students in the school have three weeks to cover the letters with the final prize being a school wide pizza party. Students work very hard to make sure they are being kind to one another during those weeks. Each class also picks a student to receive the Kindness Award for the class. It is neat to see who the students choose for the Kindness Award. It is often not the most popular student, but a student who surprises everyone.
I want to say thank you to all of the fellow bloggers who have been so kind to me over the last week, by leaving me encouraging comments or emailing me with suggestions. I am truly grateful. I know I am just beginning this journey, but I am grateful for the kindness you all have!