The kindness detectives

Miss Brave tried a lesson plan on collecting 100 acts of kindness in honor of the 100th day of school, turning her students into kindness detectives catching each other in the act of being nice. Normally a skeptical group, they loved it.

Anyone who is “caught being kind” gets to wear a smiley sticker that says, “I was caught being kind!”

. . . We are up to 82 acts of kindness and counting — everything from lending someone an eraser to sitting with someone who was alone. Jason — who says things like, “Move it, sissy” to other boys in the class — has been caught being kind multiple times and has been thrilled to pieces about it. Ariela, who is always kind to her classmates and who has already been Student of the Month, told me with a shy and proud smile that she had seen her name on the “kindness board.” During our science experiment, when I against my better judgement trusted my kids to be able to pour dirt/rock mixtures into containers, I witnessed Bryce (the king of personal space) and Felix working together: “You hold the cup still! I’ll pour!” When they were done, they said, “Yay, we did it!” and gave each other a high five.

“It was like an afterschool special,” Miss Brave writes.

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