Friday, January 18, 2013
Acts of Kindness (for a teacher...from a teacher)
So I began to think...as teachers we are going through trying times. As things do in education, things change and just when we think we have a "handle on it", there is a call to be more flexible, more diligent, and more purposeful than what we are already doing. This is the time of the year when Random Acts of Kindness...from teacher to teacher...no matter how small...can lift our passions, bring a smile, and hit things head on with gusto.
Below are some little acts of kindness that I have seen done...and no matter how small...they make a difference! Try one...you will feel the "lift" in your step to adjust to the demands of the second half of a school year.
1. Fill the stapler with staples in the workroom. :) No one will try to find out who did it, but they will be so glad that someone did!
2. Organize a different lunch for your team/bring in a crock pot of soup...change in lunch routines are always fun!
3. Write a note/email to someone you barely see in the building and let them know that you have been thinking of them.
4. Leave a supportive comment on a colleague's blog, twitter account, etc...
5. Let someone "ditch" you in the line at the copy machine...this is one "ditching" time that tattling will not occur!
6. Pass along an inspirational poem/book as the first email a colleague opens that day. Check out a post from A Year of Reading written by Mary Lee...great post or book to share.
7. Surprise someone in the morning with a coffee, a diet coke from McDonalds...
8. Thank a teacher that one of your students had the year before...learning is a journey and many teachers are a part of it.
9. Listen. We often do not see colleagues, but only in the halls or before/after school...take time to listen to each other. Through listening...you can support each other.
10. Look around...random acts of kindness are everywhere! (Maybe a student or colleague will inspire one!)
PS... This is my 100th post! :) What a great topic for number 100...kindness! Thank you for following my teaching journey. Your comments and conversations help me to make time to reflect on the things I am most passionate about.