Instead of my usual 12 days of giving, this year I’m taking a page from the ever so smart Matt Arend, and focusing on being kind and paying it forward. There are a million different things you can do to brighten someone;s day and if we can help model that for our students, that would be better than any gift under a tree, or gift that fits within my budget. While I still have a couple of candy canes up my sleeve to show my staff how much I think of them, we’re going to share out this calendar in the spirit of the season. I also plan on sharing with my Wolves, and encouraging them to complete as many activities as they can. If they print it out and bring it in with the acts of kindness they’ve completed crossed out, I’ll give them a lil’holiday surprise!
Here’s the blurb I share in my “Get Whitt it” today:
Instead of the 12 days of Christmas this year…let’s have 12 days of kindness! I had a REALLY great conversation with one of you over the break about what kinds of gifts as adults we enjoy giving/getting…and she was laughing about how mine was love of gifts. MT thinks its made up love language…but I swear it’s not! One of my most favorite things is GIFTING people with something that is just perfectly them or comes at just the right moment. That is as much fun as getting something myself.
With our Wylie Magic theme, how fun would it be to come up with different ways to “gift” others with kindness this next three weeks? We are blessed!! Brainstorm with your class some things that you could do that would focus on being kind, and paying it forward. We’ll begin on Dec 1st and I’ll have cards for you to share your ideas in PLC this week, 🙂
Below is a calendar to give you some ideas, but feel free to make it your own! If following a calendar is not your thing, create a kindness chain- it’s a great way to see how much good you’ve done. You can even do both, check it off on the calendar and add a link to your chain. Or choose a chain link to do and record it on the blank calendar.
Do whatever works for you–kindness rocks no matter how you organize it!
What are you doing with your staff or classroom this year? I would love to hear it! 🙂
Frosty the Snow Am