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Choose Kindness This Week

Random Acts of Kindness Week is here! Peruse this featured list of resources, all related to being kind.

Grades K-12

Random Acts of Kindness

Learn about the Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Foundation, a non-profit organization founded upon the powerful belief in kindness. Discover inspirational quotes, kindness ideas, lesson plans, classroom materials, projects, ideas for courses, and more.

Grades K-12

Inspire My Kids

Find inspiring, age-appropriate, real-life stories, videos, and projects that offer great examples of values like courage, determination, honesty, kindness, responsibility, and tolerance. Stories include children, animals, and social causes.

Grades K-12

CurriConnects Book List: Books for Tough Situations

Be kind to those going through difficult times. This booklist offers readings about divorce, death, an absent or deployed parent, moving, a lost pet, difficulty making friends, bullying, failure, eating disorders, weight, and other challenges.

Create Kindness in Your Classroom

These three tools offer unique ways to show your kindness to others, through technology. Find a tool to create greeting cards, record a special message, and put a message in hearts. 

Grades 5-12

Smilebox

Show someone else kindness by creating a slide show, greeting card, scrapbook, collage, or other personalized digital gift. Add photos, videos, and music. Templates are provided to make creation simple! Make someone's day with a personalized treasure.

Grades K-12

Vocaroo

Record a message of encouragement and kindness. Embed it into your favorite site or provide a link to share. Recording the message is easy and embedding into a site such as a wiki or blog has never been simpler! No login or registration is needed.

Grades 6-12

Word Hearts

Don't miss this simple tool that automatically fills a heart shape with any words you choose. Simply type the words separated by commas in the text box and press "Enter." You can change the font, the color of the text, background, and more.

Discourage Bullying - Encourage Kindness

Use these three tools to combat bullying before it begins -- classroom integration ideas are included.

Grades K-10

Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center

Discover many resources for implementing a bullying prevention program in your community and school. There are over 60 videos of special interest for all age groups. Investigate the Educator Toolkits and Activities to find activities for your class.

Grades 4-12

Bystander Revolution: Take the Power Out of Bullying

Share practical ideas for handling bullying with these videos by both famous celebrities and regular students. View the videos (about 2 minutes each) together on your projector. Share different perspectives. Filter by specific problems or solutions.

Grades 4-12

Cyberbullying: How to Make it Stop

This site defines cyberbullying, shows how to recognize signs of bullying, how to involve parents, and what schools can do. Be sure to check out the list of five websites adults should watch out for that offer breeding grounds for cyberbullying.

This Week at TeachersFirst

Join us this Thursday (2/21) for our Twitter chat spotlighting Digital Learning Day. We've also included a timely collection of editor's choice resources to discourage bullying and choose kindness instead. And, this week our poll asks about Random Acts of Kindness Week. 


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Thursday (2/21) 8 pm ET

Learn the Impact of Digital Learning on Education

Join us on Thursday (2/21) for our Digital Learning Day-themed Twitter chat! We'll define digital learning and its impact on education, share resources for Digital Learning Day, and discuss ways to promote digital learning throughout the school year.

Use our hashtag #OK2Ask to chime in! »


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Resources for all grades

Bullying & Cyberbullying Prevention Resources

Share this list of tools with teachers, parents, and students as they manage the tough issues of bullying and cyberbullying. During this week of kindness, take the opportunity to talk about bullying and share these resources on your class website.

Access Internet Safety, Kindness Parade, and more »


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Where does kindness happen?

Weekly Poll

This week's poll asks, where do you feel that your students have the most opportunities to show random acts of kindness? See the responses from other educators once you hit submit.

Share your thoughts with our community »

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