Thursday, December 29, 2016

Title: Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying
Source: Edutopia
Author: Lisa Currie
Date: August 10, 2015

Audience: Educators

Key Points: Teacher Responsibility. In addition to discussions and lessons on kindness, students best learn kindness by feeling it towards themselves; then they will be able o reproduce it. Students' participation in kindness/acts of kindness produces an inner sense of belonging, less stress, and happiness. Kindness had a physical affect on of the body producing more serotonin, oxytocin, etc. Kindness fosters good behavior which is the opposite of behavior that would cause bullying. 

Relevance: Kindness and compassion are important to me as an educator. I have received feedback from parents on this specific matter. They noticed a change in their child, and the mother credited to our kindness, compassion and care for her child. She saw a 180 with her child. That was the most important piece of news we got this year at November conferences. When students see and receive kindness they are able to give it back. They see its a natural aspect of their educators' lives, then they will know that it is capable in their lives. 

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