Creating Kindness

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Hey everyone!  I'm so excited to be part of this collaboration.  I know there are some great teachers on this blog and I'm excited to be a part of it!  A little about myself, I teach second grade at a Title I school in the inner city.  I've been married for three years and I am a momma to a beautiful two year old girl and expecting a baby boy this May!

Something that has been weighing on me lately is my kiddos lack of social skills.  They just struggle to exist next to each other!  Some days it's a constant battle to keep everyone at peace and focus, and the longer that I battle, the less time I have to actually teach!





I decided that I'd like to start introducing social skill lessons inside of other lessons.  So I made Creating Kindness.  It's a four week unit that has lesson plans and literary/writing tie ins.  I wanted to teach my kids how to be kind to each other, while not losing any rigor in my classroom.

We focused on talking about what kindness was and how it came in different forms.  It was hard for my kiddos to understanding that we have to be kind to everyone, not just friends, and harder for them to put it into practice.

I just loved her picture!  It totally cracked me up!


It by no means solved all of our behavior problems, but I do get a lot of satisfaction from hearing how their conversations around kindness have changed.  "Thank you for being kind" and "That was unkind" are much better than what I was hearing before! 😳🙊😆 To check out this product visit, my store Mrs VanderKamp's Happy Kampers!





by Kaleigh VanderKamp

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