As many of you know, I teach 5th grade, which means I end up teaching kindness. This week I did a really cool lesson kindness that was super simple, but very thought provoking. It was even thought provoking for me as an adult.
I took a blank piece of paper and put it on the ground in front of me. I gave one quarter of a paper to each of my students. We all wrote down one thing we have either said to someone, or someone has said to us. It could be something mean or it could be something kind.
We then crumpled up the papers into balls. When then tried to “iron” them out. However, my students realized the paper would never be like it was when they got it.
This created a conversation about how everything you say affects the people around you, whether it is who you say it to, how you act, etc.
We ended up talking about how we could show kindness more toward each other. We also talked about how social media does not always show kindness towards everyone. This lead to a conversation on if you wouldn’t say it to someone’s face, maybe you shouldn’t say it. The talking kept spiraling to how we need to be kinder to each other, and we were able to give examples of what true kindness is.
This was eye opening for some, and as a teacher, I now ask my kids if they are giving a “positive wrinkle” since everything wrinkles anyway, we can at least make it a positive, kind wrinkle.
Have do you show kindness?