Today a very inspiring classroom teacher, Becca Wertheim from The Teacher’s Passport shares three beautifully simple and highly impactful ways to make the world within each student a kinder, more loving and peaceful place.
I’m Becca from The Teacher’s Passport and I’m so excited to collaborate with Claudia for her Kindness Project! As teachers we all know how important it is to teach kindness toward others, but it’s equally important to teach how to be kind to yourself. Today I’m sharing three simple ways to teach self-love in the classroom because sharing kindness with the world begins on the inside.
1. Morning Mindfulness
When kids arrive to my classroom, it is my hope that they feel a sense of peace, comfort and safety regardless of where they’re coming from. I work at a school with students who have high needs. School may be one of the only places they feel safe and since I’m in control of the four walls of my classroom it is my job to do all that I can to ensure it’s a comfortable place. One of the ways I do this is by creating time each day for Morning Mindfulness. During this time, we sit in a circle and listen to peaceful music while practicing some simple breathing exercises. This helps set the mood for the remainder of our day. In addition to this, we do guided questioning. Every single day I ask my kids three simple questions, give them time to think of an answer, and offer them to share if they’d like to. Here’s what I ask:
- What is one thing you’re grateful for this morning?
- What is one thing you LOVE about yourself today?
- What is one act of kindness you can do for our classroom community today?
We never start our day without asking these three very important questions. Morning Mindfulness has improved classroom behavior, student confidence, and our overall classroom community. Most days, students are eager to share their answers. It’s important to do it daily and keep it part of the classroom routine. This way it becomes a habit and is a great foundation for postive self-talk throughout the rest of the school day. They are also encouraged to do Morning Mindfulness at home on the weekends and right before bed each night.
3. Teach Positive Affirmations and Positive Self-Talk
Even from a young age it’s important to begin practicing positive self-talk. One of the ways I do this is by modeling and teaching positive affirmations using Calm Cards. These colorful, peaceful cards are an easy yet effective way to get kids thinking positively. We read one together each morning as a Morning Mantra during Morning Mindfulness, and I keep a ring of Calm Cards in my Calm Corner for studentst to read if they’re feeling unsettled. You can grab a full set of cards or a free sample set at my TpT shop here.
I hope you’ll find, like I have, that when students are kind to themselves they are more likely to be kind to their classmates. Teaching the practice of self-love even at an early age is very important. I hope some of these tips will help you bring even more kindness to your classroom!
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