Random Acts of Kindness Week
Imagine a world where we look out for each other. Where we all pay it forward. Where we measure success in selfless acts. Where kindness is the philosophy of life. This is the world…”
February 14–20 is International Random Acts of Kindness Week, a week devoted to encouraging you to step up your acts of kindness, be loud with your generosity, and commit to being a better person throughout the year. Kindness is a daily practice, but this is a week to celebrate and inspire others to join you.
10 Ways to Inspire Kindness in the Classroom
Studies show that practicing gratitude increases positive emotions and happiness. Get your students on the kinder path by using these ten methods to inspire kindness in your classroom.
1. Kindness Jar
Write down kind acts on slips of paper and have students or staff randomly draw one to perform.
2. Kindness Activity Wall
Designate a wall or bulletin board to kindness and post random acts for students and teachers to perform (ex. Pick up trash in the halls, help someone who is struggling with a subject, etc.)
3. Positive Sticky Notes
Write positive notes on Post-Its (and don’t be afraid to use puns or get humorous with them) and attach them to students lockers, desks, or nooks before they day begins.
4. Caught Being Kind
Create a bulletin board that provide students with opportunities to recognize and share kindness they see happening around the school.
5. Random Acts of Kindness Calendar
Download this Random Acts of Kindness Calendar to share with your students. Or, create your own calendar with different random acts each day.
6. Custodian Appreciation
As a class, take time to write letters and put up signs showing your appreciation for the people who take care of your school. Keep your classroom so clean their job is easier.
7. Start Your Class Day with an Inspiring Video
The internet has plenty of resources for inspiring, motivational videos for students. Use these videos as a way to get your students excited about random acts of kindness.
8. Create a Third-Party Compliments Box
Place boxes in common areas such as hallways and cafeterias for students to leave anonymous positive notes about their fellow students and teachers, basically like positive gossiping. You can see an example of this in action here…
9. Track Acts of Kindness By Grade
Work with fellow teachers every week to track and highlight acts of kindness from each grade. This is a great way to emphasize the importance of kindness in the school.
10. Set Up a Thank-You Note Station
Create a thank-you note station by gathering construction paper, markers, and fun materials in one spot. Encourage students to utilize this space whenever possible to inspire random acts of kindness.