Like many of you, I began the day with a heavy heart after a long weekend of contemplating Friday’s tragic events. However, seeing those 28 smiling faces when I picked them up on the playground reminded me why I go to work every day and why I love what I do. It also reminded me that now more than ever, we need to spread kindness and love amongst our students.
I posted about my compliment box as a Monday Made-it this summer, but wanted to revisit it in case anyone is in need of an easy, low-maintenance way of building character/self-esteem in your classroom. My students keep a sheet of compliment cards in their binders to fill out when they have downtime and drop them in our compliment box. When we are lining up for lunch or afternoon dismissal, I will read a couple compliment cards aloud and give them to the students to keep. This is one of our favorite daily routines and sets a tone that we all care about and appreciate one another. We are a family.
Take a look at this compliment I read today. Melt.my.heart.:)
I will leave you today with this free sheet of compliments as well as a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
Only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
Only love can do that.