Updated: Feb 7
I was drawn to building a culture of kindness with a day of service. A day of caring and being kind is an excellent opportunity for students to develop compassion and empathy while doing community service projects. It's also a way to experience happiness when helping someone else. It's an excellent time to reflect on the things that make us happy and help those who are less fortunate. Students can make and create cards for new students and community immigrants who come from all around the world. I think it's vital that students feel like they're part of a community with today's political climate. It's about having a sense of community and helping people with special needs or different life situations. Everyone participating in every activity is doing it for similar reasons trying to be empathetic and help one another. The students have a great sense of pride when they can see themselves making a difference in the lives of those around them. Allowing and supporting students give back to our communities make a difference in the world.
Creating classrooms for social justice and talking to students about real-world problems and how to make changes happen by creating a school community. Many of the strategies and practices that aim to address social justice are also reflective of best teaching practices. Teachers can create a social justice-oriented classroom and maintain high-quality instruction. Social justice is a way of teaching that supports academic success and personal development. We need to be teaching relevant topics of what's happening in the world. If there's a news story that's shocking or controversial, link to it and ask your students. This activity can teach children critical thinking skills. They can use their knowledge of the world to make their own decisions.
I am lucky to work for a school district that is inclusive of all students regardless of their special needs. Success in more inclusive settings comes from meeting the needs of students with special needs in terms of their academic and social needs. A psychologically inclusive school environment helps all students feel safe and supported. Suppose we implement these programs as early as preschools. In that case, young students can benefit from the experience of having peers with different abilities, allowing all students to create an accepting social environment that will be present through their entire primary education.