Introduction

Students and teachers at Center City School in Washington, D.C. share how Teach Kindness impacted their classrooms and outlook.

What is Teach Kindness? 

Teach Kindness is an easy and cost-free opportunity to make kindness commonplace and improve school climate and student learning in critical, formative years. Open to schools with any combination of grades K-8, Teach Kindness offers best-in-class activities and classroom lessons to teach and foster kindness over a four-week period of the school’s choosing. By teaching kids how to practice kindness, be more empathetic, and manage their emotions and actions, they become better equipped to navigate our complex world at school, at home, and online.

Offered through an easy-to-use online platform, Teach Kindness can be successfully completed by any school in three steps:

  1. Accept the Challenge and sign up teachers and staff (at least 25%) to participate.
  2. Have teachers and staff complete a short reflection exercise and then teach four lessons (of their choosing), drawn from leading content providers.
  3. Create a Kindness Ritual to make kindness routine at your school.

The Benefits

Schools where teachers and school staff intentionally and systematically teach and foster kindness are more effective at helping students succeed, both in school and in life. Teach Kindness offers an engaging, exciting, and readily doable opportunity to:

  • Improve school climate
  • Reduce suspensions
  • Foster social & emotional development

Kindness Activities

The Challenge includes a wide range of expertly-crafted kindness activities from leading content providers for teachers and school staff to select from and teach. The activities, which take between two minutes up to an hour, fall into five categories:
  1. Developing Positive Mindsets: These activities focus on self-management and self-care strategies that equip students with ways to monitor their own feelings, setting them up to be kind to others. Activities include practicing gratitude, goal setting, and positive framing of situations.
  2. Strengthening Peer Relationships: These activities focus on building constructive interactions among students for a positive classroom and school culture. It includes activities that help students develop empathy for their classmates, listen actively, and resolve conflicts with each other.
  3. Fostering Empathy: These activities go beyond individual student relationships to tackle larger issues and trends such as stereotypes and bullying based on identity. It includes activities such as shared identity and fostering civic discourse.
  4. Promoting Cyber-Kindness: These activities focus on getting students to develop a more positive social media presence and the habits of heart and mind to be kind online. Students will learn practical skills to help them responsibly engage with social media and online applications, including video games.
  5. NEW! Elementary Grades: These activities cover a range of topics that are specifically designed and age-appropriate for grades K-3.