Here is a video of my students answering the question, “What is kindness?”

http://youtu.be/AmKsgP_lgZ4

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This week students focused on the inquiry, “What IS kindness?”  Together, we charted our ideas, which lead to further discussion about what kindness LOOKS like and SOUNDS like.  We also discussed various symbols for kindness.  Students were then given the task of choosing a way to represent kindness.  Some drew pictures, others planned photographs, and some found images online.  Each student then shared their representation and finalized their answer to the question, “What is kindness?”  Below are their representations of kindness.

Pictures of Kindness

Pictures of Kindness

Images of Kindness

Images of Kindness

Photograph of Kindness

Photograph of Kindness

 

Photograph of Kindness

Photograph of Kindness

 

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Service-Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.

Through service-learning, young people—from kindergarteners to college students—use what they learn in the classroom to solve real-life problems. They not only learn the practical applications of their studies, they become actively contributing citizens and community members through the service they perform. (www.servicelearning.org)

 My 1st graders at San Diego Global Vision Academy (SDGVA) follow the motto “Write the Future”!  and abide by the mission statement “We will be civic-minded leaders, accomplished writers, and resilient life-long learners.” 

This year, my class has spent a significant amount of time studying kindness.  Using The Random Acts of Kindness Lesson Plans (www.randomactsofkindness.org), my students discussed kind decision making, identified what is kind about themselves as individuals, our classroom and our school, and our community.  We then decided on a way to put kindness into action.

Which brings us to the purpose of this blog.  We created this blog with the intent to post a daily random act of kindness.  Every day, beginning January 1, 2013 for one full year, we will post a new act of kindness that you can do for others. My students will write and reflect on the ways in which they complete each act of kindness, and will also read and respond to your posts as you share and reflect on your kind acts.

 So, follow us, share your stories, and remember to pass it on!

 “Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” Scott Adams (1957), 
Creator Of Dilbert Comic Strip

Random Acts of Kindness

Our Purpose

My 1st grade students created this blog with the intent to post a daily “random act of kindness”. Every day, beginning January 1, 2013 for one full year, we will post a new act of kindness that you can do for others. My students will write and reflect on the ways in which they complete various acts of kindness, and will also read and respond to your posts as you share and reflect on your kind acts. So, follow us, share your stories, and remember to pass it on!
“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” Scott Adams