That Time Kindness was an Innovative Teaching Strategy

So that’s it.  I’m again on the quest for all things new.  A college professor of mine posts links to really interesting articles often on his Facebook account.  Today, I saw one such article that immediately caught my attention.  It was a teacher’s account of conscientiously trying to create a culture of kindness in a classroom and a school.  Something as simple as writing post it notes to check on children when they are disengaged can show teachers care.  It mentioned how teachers often believe they are creating such a culture of kindness because they believe they are mandating and establishing rules requiring respect.  However, it is much deeper.

It was clear the writer believes creating a culture where kids feel valued, genuinely liked, and that others sincerely care, will result in more learning.  I agree.  However, wanting such a culture and establishing one is different.  It’s such a cliche to say, “students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”  But it is true.  However, it takes intentional actions to do this.  And being intentionally about building relationships while balancing paperwork, parent contacts, staff development, required meetings, and lesson planning is a tall order.  Going to try to do better at it.

You can read the article here:  http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2014/09/09/ctq-sherman-kindness.html?cmp=SOC-SHR-FB

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