Friday, January 18, 2013

Acts of Kindness (for a teacher...from a teacher)

It is that time of year.  That time of year when half of your curriculum has been taught, testing dates  are actually on "this year's calendar", time feels short and the list seems long, you reconsider how things are going, you celebrate things that are going well, and you begin to think that your classroom is the only classroom in the building...because you never leave it. (Especially if indoor recess looms...) You never leave it physically...or mentally.

So I began to 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 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 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 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.


  1. Your text last night inspired me to send 6 e-mails. What a great time of year for this reminder!

    1. Our conversation that day inspired the text! :)

  2. I love this post especially with OLW being gratitude. Happy 100th post- keep blogging my friend!

    1. Thank you for all of your support in my blogging experience! I appreciate your comments and tweets! :)

  3. Happy 100th! I can only aspire to that! And we all appreciate your kindness throughout the school. :)

    1. I enjoy reading your blog...

      I know you will continue to "move" your writing and "move" toward 100 posts!
      Even though our spaces at school are only three doors is nice to have this avenue to do our most personal and reflective thinking!

  4. I am going to do this tomorrow. It is the simple things that can brighten our day. :)