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 "Thank You" cards and banners for the cafeteria workers.
HERE ARE SOME TIPS FOR DOING THIS RAK:
- Use large sheets of poster board or bulletin board paper if making a sign.
- See if your principle will give you permission to go into the cafeteria after the last worker has left for the day and tape your banner or cards up as a special surprise in the morning.
- Include some sort of item when you say thank you (maybe a basket of small candies)
- Have your students brainstorm some fun ways to say thank you. You'd be surprised what creative ideas little minds can come up with!
Here was a great idea that someone posted to Pinterest (photographer not credited in the original pin):
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 :)