October 7, 2013

R.A.K.: Plant Bulbs Around the School

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:

Plant bulbs around the school (or other civic location). 

Here's some tips for doing this RAK: 
  • Get your principal's permission before you start planting flower all over the school grounds :) 
  • Plant flowers in places that get a lot of visual traffic, but not foot traffic (ie- around the school sign, in a flower bed by the front door, on the OTHER side of the playground fence. 
  • Ask students to bring in one or two bulbs as a donation to your 'pretty school box.' This might help defray the cost of purchasing the bulbs.
  • If you school is within walking distance of other civic centers, you may want to consider seeing if these organization would like to have some bulbs planted near their building.
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! 

Do you have a good RAK idea? I'd love to hear them! You never know...they might just be featured on YTA in the future :) 

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