I don’t know if it is the wintertime blues, the political negativity that I’ve been encountering on social media, or if something really is in the air, but I’ve noticed a lot of unkindness lately. I’m not just talking about my personal life and the trolls on social media, but also with my students. It makes me sad.
Where do I go from here?
Just because I’m “just a sub” does not mean I won’t help my students learn the skill of kindness. Wait, kindness is a skill? Yes, yes it is. We can all stand to be more kind in our daily interactions and we can all stand for a more positive outlook in our lives.
Here’s one radical idea: I can teach by example. Since I don’t interact with the students everyday, I cannot implement a program to teach the skill, but I can serve as an example. Like it or not, we are role models and students may base their behaviour based on our actions. Let’s teach them well.