Kindness in the Classroom – RAK
The RandomActsofKindness.org team has created a Kindness Curriculum with lessons for grades K-12. The lessons are free and teachers are encouraged to download and share their experiences in the classroom.
Don’t expect kindness in schools—teach it!
Download our FREE K-12 lesson plans, lead a kindness project or form a kindness club. Our curriculum features developmentally appropriate, standards-aligned lessons that teach kids important Social Emotional (SEL) skills.
Here is the approach behind this amazing program:
Students bring their own level of experience to any concept that is taught in the classroom, including kindness. Enter: Universal Design for Learning (UDL), the theoretical underpinning for our curriculum. UDL provides a flexible approach that can be customized for individual needs and meet students where they are. Combine that with activities that inspire students to actively engage in learning our 12 Kindness Concepts, and you’ve got yourself a happy classroom.
SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL (SEL) LEARNING & KINDNESS
We’ve established that Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is objectively and measurably beneficial for kids. But what does SEL have to do with kindness? We’re so glad you asked!
Our ‘Kindness in the Classroom®’ program was created to integrate intentional kindness skill building instruction with the development of social and emotional competencies.
THE KINDNESS PARADIGM
There’s a lot to read about kindness here on our website. But one of the most beautiful things about kindness is the purity of its ease and simplicity. That’s reflected in our Kindness Paradigm, which is what we call the simple, four-step cycle that we’ve based our entire program around.
Here’s how it works
STEP 1 – INSPIRE
Whether its through video, role-play, books, games, or another hands-on activity, each kindness lesson is designed to inspire students. That way, teachers aren’t just informing – they’re using their imaginations and applying their natural ingenuity.
STEP 2 – EMPOWER
Inspiration is good—but it doesn’t become transformative until students are given the tools that will let them act on that inspiration. With that in mind, the next step is for teachers to lead the class through discussions designed to empower students to find ways to be kind in their daily lives.
STEP 3 – ACT
You might be able to guess what’s coming next. Once students have the ideas and the tools to act on those ideas, the next step (of course) is help students put those ideas into action. It might be a research project, it might be community service, it might be something else entirely—but regardless of the form, the program will have students bringing real, tangible kindness into the world.
STEP 4 – SHARE
At this point, students will have experienced how great it feels to perform acts of kindness. And what does everyone want to do after doing something cool (besides ‘do it again’)? Talk about it, of course!
Next, we ask students to reflect on what they’ve done through dialog, written responses or a visual product (which includes everything from illustrations to full-blown ‘walls of kindness’). This reinforces what they’ve learned and experienced, and makes it far more likely that they’ll begin the kindness cycle again themselves.