During my first few years of teaching, I read a book by Ron Clark called The Essential 55. Besides being an extremely entertaining story, Ron talks about 55 'life rules' that he imparted to his students each year.
The one rule that really stood out to me was Rule 11: "Surprise others by performing random acts of kindness. Go out of your way to do something surprisingly kind and generous for someone at least once a month. " My students and I decided that we would brainstorm and do a RAK (Random Act of Kindness) each month at our school and it turned out to be one of the most enjoyable parts of our year. While not technically *random,* these act were a great way to teach my students the value of being kind to others.
Want to join the club? Each month, we are going to highlight a different RAK that you can do with your class. You can choose to do this or any RAK of your choosing. Don't forget to come back and share with us how it went!
This month's RAK:
Make a yummy treat for the teachers and staff in your building.
Here's some tips:
- Think of things that can be made in your classroom. For example: decorate pre-cooked cupcakes or cookies, frosted graham cracker sandwiches, or trail mix.
- Have each child wear gloves when handling the food.
- Place treats in lunch bags decorated by your students.
- Place the treats in a teacher's work room with a sign explaining what they are and who they are for.
- Enlist the help of your room mom or parent volunteers when you make or assemble the treat.
It's your turn now! Go brainstorm a RAK with your class or use the one found here. Then come back and tell us how it went!