This is part of a series of provocations for essential elements of the PYP, including individual attitudes, learner profiles, etc. For more, click here.
For a culture of kindness to truly grow in our school, we need to constantly nourish and discuss it. After all, if we limit the discussion to the occasional anti-bullying assembly we can’t really expect students to thoroughly catch the vision of what it really looks like, and to feel comfortable speaking up for kindness. If your class is in need of a recharge, please use any or all of these resources to inquire into what it means to be caring!
Resource #1: “Give a Little Love, Get A Little Love” Kritovatka
Resource #2: Kind is…Radical Hospitality by Soul Pancake
Resource #3: The Gnomist: A Great Big Beautiful Act of Kindness by Great Big Story (this is a longer video at 17 minutes, but if you happen to be able to make the time, I promise it’s worthwhile. Here’s the trailer, too!)
Resource #4: “Those Shoes” by Maribeth Boelts and Noah Z. Jones
What does it mean to be caring?
What is people’s responsibility to be caring?
What are the different perspectives in a community when it comes to public acts of kindness?
What are some obstacles that sometimes stand in the way of expressing caring?
What can we do to overcome obstacles that sometimes stand in the way of being caring?
Our family’s move from southern California to the mountains of central Idaho took place the night before a December blizzard. Going from sandals to snow boots was entirely foreign for me, but I bundled up in what I thought was “When in Rome” apparel and headed to my new middle school.
It didn’t take long before I heard the not-so-quiet snort of sarcasm as I walked by: “Nice vest!”
I tried not to take it too hard, but when you’re 13 years old and in a new state that may as well be a new country, let’s just say that I didn’t exactly let it roll off my back. I certainly never wore that vest again.
As teachers, we work to teach our students what bullying is and what it is not. But often, misunderstandings persist, and bullying evolves in sneaky ways not necessarily identified during our group discussions.
Resource #1: How To Top a Bully by Brooks Gibbs (stop at 2:10 to discuss what the students notice–the rest of the video is excellent as well but does more explaining).