Thursday, November 14, 2013

Secret Society of Kind Kids!

I have spent this week reading the book "The Invisible Boy" by Trudy Ludwig to my classes.  We talked about what would make someone feel like they were invisible.  The kids responded with a variety of answers including: 
being left out,
 when you talk to someone and they don't answer, 
when people don't want to be your partner in the room, 
when people talk about things and don't include you in the conversation, 
when people walk past you in the hall and they don't say hi.  
Then we read the story.  The kids were able to see how just one person could make a difference for making someone feel accepted.  We then talked about what we can do so people won't feel invisible.  Responses:  
ask them to play at recess,
 ask them to be your partner on a project, 
say hi, 
help them if they are hurt, 
stick up for them, 
ask them to be your friend, 
invite them over or to the park.
Then the fun began.  I asked kids if they liked to play Tag.  Of course all the hands went up immediately.  Then I explained that we would be playing a different kind of Tag. 

This is an experiment of anonymous kindness.  Each of the students would receive 4 tags---SMILE tags that explained that the recipient had been tagged by an anonymous act of kindness and that now it is their turn to pass on the kindness.  I then explained to the kids that they are officially members of the Secret Society of the Kind Kids.  In order to stay in this membership, they would need to do kind deeds without recognition, anonymously. cool was it to hear how these kids were being so sneaky to do the kind deeds.  The best part was how one classroom teacher shared how excited her students were to receive a SMILE Tag and not think about what was done for them, but what they were going to do now to pass it on!  RIGHT ON!  Doesn't KINDNESS FEEL GREAT?!  
You can print your own SMILE tags and have fun spreading some kindness too.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Common Sense

Common Sense
My husband shared something with me that he had sent to him a few months ago.  It is an obituary for Common Sense.  I thought it was worth sharing on my blog.

An Obituary printed in the London Times.....Absolutely​ Brilliant !!

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: - Knowing when to come in out of the rain; - Why the early bird gets the worm; - Life isn't always fair; - and maybe it was my fault. Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge). His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition. Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion. Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault. Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot or that a cup of coffee is NOT a guaranteed travel safe and idiot proof product. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement. Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.
He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, I Want It Now, Someone Else Is To Blame,  & I'm A Victim.
Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.