I have much to post this week, but I thought I’d do a quick share: my favorite week at school was last week, or Kindness Week! It runs in conjunction with National Kindness Week, and I’m happy to see that tradition grow. At my school, we keep it simple. Sometimes, this is the best way- after all, kindness in its most simple form is a powerful thing.
Our guidance counselors invited the whole school to write notes- of encouragement, of gratitude, of greeting- to anyone in the school. Teachers were encouraged to write colleagues, students, and staff; students the same. The cafeteria dedicated a whole table to notecards of all sorts, makers, crayons, pens, and stickers so that anyone could write their note during the day. The notes were delivered via snail mail, which in our school means the student board or your faculty box.
I cannot tell you how incredible, how moving it is to watch a student squeal in delight (I teach all girls, so squeal is really the right word) when they get a card. I cannot tell you how much it just makes my week to open up my own notes and find words that make my job so meaningful, even from the most unlikely sources.
And so, while I am behind in posting, know that I spent my time writing others. If only we all did this year round!