Teaching Kindness: Spreading Positivity in the Classroom
by Alexie Basil
In this episode of Teaching Kindness, four elementary school teachers return to discuss how they spread positivity in their classrooms in ways that are easy for students to learn and understand.
Third grade teacher Shari Capriola came up with a clear and visual way to teach students about spreading positivity: demonstrating ripples in a bowl of water. This idea was inspired by the Coretta Scott King Author Honor book Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E. B. Lewis.
Another tangible method Shari’s school uses to spread everyday positivity and kindness is a Buddy Bench. The Buddy Bench helps third graders find a friend on the playground and promotes the message that “kindness matters.”
Scholastic Reading Club offers great books that show kindness in action and the powerful impact kindness can have. From The Berenstain Bears: Kindness Counts to How Do Dinosaurs Stay Friends? and Save Me a Seat, books can help teach powerful lessons and would be great companions to these activities.
These Books Are Available from Scholastic Reading Club