|Image 34/ 365: Honoring kindness 100 different ways.|
|Image 35/365: Kindness comes in many shapes and forms!|
The questions I have for my blog readers concern the actual difficulty several of them had in doing this. Some kids wanted to spew out 5-6 in a matter of minutes, while others were stumped, and claimed they truly couldn't think of anything nice to do for someone. Excuse me--couldn't think of anything nice they "wanted to do" for someone. :( And that was surprising to me. So, the more I thought about it, the more I wondered if there was something I can model more explicitly in my classroom for this handful of kids so that the thought of doing something nice for someone else is not such a chore or anomaly. And is not dependent upon reciprocity.
Is it linked to the idea of responsibility? Or the understanding of cause and effect--how one of our own actions propels an action or reaction in someone else, whether for the positive or negative? What are some successful ways some of you have had breaking through to those whose kindness and thoughtfulness are not so abundant? What are some hard-won insights you can share with us?