Build Kindness In Your Classroom and Schools

As we see more and more bullying and violence in school, it becomes especially important to build kindness in our students and classroom. Here are some simple ideas and FREEBIES for you!

As we see more and more bullying and violence in school, it becomes especially important to build kindness in our students and classroom. Here are some simple ideas and FREEBIES for you!
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I have 2 books that I like to read with my class to highlight kindness. The first is an interactive book that breaks down the concept and engages the reader. The second book, Be Polite and Kind by Cheri Meiners, gives students more chances to review how to be kind.






Next, we do a kind versus unkind picture sort. We do it as a group and try to connect the pictures to things that are going on in our classroom.  Here's what our sort looked like. We didn't use all of the pictures. We stuck to the pictures of examples that we see in our classroom.




There is also a worksheet version of the picture sort. Get both of the kindness sorts for FREE HERE!



To continue kindness past this one lesson, we also have a kindness jar in the classroom. Click HERE to download the FREE kindness jar and interactive book.




Here are more blog posts with ideas and freebies to help you teach students to be kind:




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As we see more and more bullying and violence in school, it becomes especially important to build kindness in our students and classroom. Here are some simple ideas and FREEBIES for you!





Using Thematic Units For Instruction

Thematic or theme units are great for helping teachers organize their day and lesson plans. When used to plan for lessons and activities across the day, it immerses students in the vocabulary and concepts.


Thematic units can be for a particular topic or seasonal. Regardless of the theme, these units make lesson planning so much easier!!

Establishing Routines At The Beginning Of The School Year

While it doesn't always look like it, our students crave structure. To make the back to school weeks go smoothly, it is important to establish structure and routines from the first day of school. Not only will this set the class up for success, it will help students become more independent.



Routines Of The Schedule

Begin by deciding which routines you want students to know for the rest of the school year. While there are a lot of routines we want students to know, prioritizes the routines that students will need to know for the rest of the school year. In special ed., we often have more information on students than general education teachers. Use that information to help you prioritize.

Clever Ways To Stay Positive As A Special Educator

In the broken world we live in, it can be very challenging to remain positive as an educator. As a special education teacher, we are given the most needy students. That makes it especially difficult to create a positive classroom. BUT, it is possible! Here are some tips for staying positive to create a better environment for us and the students.

In the broken world we live in, it can be very challenging to remain positive as an educator. As a special education teacher, we are given the most needy students. That makes it especially difficult to create a positive classroom. BUT, it is possible! Here are some tips for staying positive to create a better environment for us and the students.