Saturday, December 13, 2014

Spark Student Motivation: Random Acts of Kindness


Our class brainstormed 12 different acts of kindness we could perform for the last 12 days of school before Christmas. They were very thoughtful with their ideas and here's some of what we've accomplished so far:

Our little pre-k students are so adorable! We visited their classroom to share our Christmas cheer. This also served as a great practice for our singing at the nursing home. They were a great audience and clapped for all our songs. I know my students felt proud with their smiling faces as we left their classroom.
 One of my favorite ideas...I created bookmarks and laminated them for my students to secretly place them in books in our media center. We chose some of the Sunshine State Readers and popular books so they would be sure to be found very soon! My students were so excited to go on this "mission"! One of my students said, "Mrs. Miller, kids are going to be so happy if they find these bookmarks!" We signed the bookmarks Love, Mrs. Miller's Class, so they'd know they were placed in the books on purpose.
 Our first act of kindness was to leave money for a cold drink on the soda machine. My students were so funny about this one! They kept asking me if the money was gone, who took it, did anyone say anything? A few days later we received a note with these candies thanking us for our act of kindness. :) My kids were THRILLED! They experienced the "paying it forward"!
 A tradition in  my classroom is to meet at the nursing home and sing Christmas carols. I've done this since my second year of teaching and it warms my heart every year! I love the feeling it gives my students, my parents, and the residents of the nursing home. It's a wonderful experience and will be a lifelong memory for everyone. EVERY student came dressed up with smiles on their faces!
(The picture on the left are two of my students with my silly daughter-red hair).
We also wanted to warm the hearts and bodies of the teachers who have outside morning duty and the front office staff! We've had some cold weather this week in Florida!

We have four more days planned for next week to finish our "mission"!

As teachers we teach so much more than academics, we teach our students to be good citizens. While doing so, we create memories and experiences they'll treasure for a lifetime!

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  1. I love your random acts of kindness. This year, once a week, my students write a positive message on a post-it note (ie. you rock, you have a great smile, etc) We then collect them up and have two students deliver them to a classroom. My students love walking around the other classrooms delivering these messages. They always come back with stories of how happy it made the other students.

    Quinnessential Lessons

  2. This is a super idea because it truly "walks the walk" of how it is better to give than to receive. :)

    Mrs. Spangler in the Middle

  3. Great Ideas. I tell my kiddos all the time, it is what you do/say rather than what you buy that makes a difference.

    Ms. Chae Charges In!

  4. I love the bookmarks in the media center! Very motivating in deed!! Merry Christmas friend!


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