Kindness in the Classroom

FOR EDUCATORS


We’re so happy you're here! Whether you're a teacher, parent, school administrator, counselor or simply just an awesome person—we’re grateful for everything you do to bring kindness into the lives of children. Now, let’s see what we can do to help you out. We’ve worked tirelessly with educators and thought-leaders who know how important your work is, and want to make what you do even easier (and more fun). And the good news is, we reckon they’ve succeeded.

If you’re here, then you know that teaching kindness in schools is important... but you probably don’t realize just how important. It’s time to find out…

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OVERVIEW


Reading. Writing. Arithmetic. They’re the so-called ‘three Rs’ – and they’re supposed to be the key to the success of students. But what about the skills that really matter, when things get tough?

What about the ability to communicate your feelings and needs? To listen to others? To keep your emotions in check, and understand other points of view? To empathize with people who are different from us?

We believe these skills—all linked to kindness—are just as important as academic skills (we’ve actually proven it, but we’ll get to that a bit later).

So we’re helping to bring kindness to the classroom

We’re on a mission to strengthen students, classrooms and families – but don’t worry, we won’t be making you go to the gym. This is an emotional strength we’re talking about here: genuine kindness. And we believe it’s an innate, natural quality of the heart, present in every person (even if it’s not always nurtured).

This belief underpins every aspect of our lessons, videos, projects and training sessions. And it’s how we’ll help you teach the skills necessary to build caring, kind, positive relationships.

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IS KINDNESS TEACHABLE?


Kind, positive school environments make learning easier (and more enjoyable) for everyone. That shouldn't surprise anyone—but the results of our research actually did surprise us, by showing just how much of a difference it can make. Students do better in tests. They learn more (at a faster rate). And they're just generally much, much happier.

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OUR APPROACH


Many of us went to school at a time when teachers had the freedom to create the kind of environment that worked best for themselves and their kids.

There were fewer students in their classroom, they didn't have as many benchmarks to worry about... and they certainly didn't have to worry about 'teaching to the test'.

Now, we obviously can’t solve all the issues that teachers currently face, but we have been able to create a curriculum that brings attention to relationships and inclusivity. These lessons boost students’ awareness of themselves and others, improve their problem-solving skills, increase their class participation, and engage them in a meaningful way—resulting in higher grades and increased self- confidence.

So it’s good for the children, yes—but we also want you to enjoy your work, and get back to the reason you chose to teach in the first place! It wasn't for the money, was it? It was to change the lives of your students. By teaching them kindness, you’ll be giving them skills that will have a truly transformative effect on their lives which will lead to a much more fulfilling experience for you.

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KINDNESS IN THE CLASSROOM


When you hear about the results of the research into kindness education, it sounds good, but trust us, nothing compares to seeing and experiencing these changes for yourself.

So, let's make that happen. We have specific, easy-to-use kindness lesson plans that you can download free of charge. The lessons include 12 kindness concepts which, when used consistently, provide students with a foundation to build the necessary skills to move from self- awareness to action. When you see it in action, you'll be amazed. We promise.

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