Student Contributor: B. Manipakone
The kindness chain is a way to represent all of the kindness the students have done throughout the year. Writing down all of the kindness the has spread in the classroom builds that community in the classroom as well as supports the spread of kindness.
The whole class has the opportunity to write a way to spread kindness in the classroom. Then after they write these ways, they are observed through the year and every time a student shows kindness, we will write it down and add it to our chain. This influences students to continue spreading kindness in the classroom and seeing what they wrote on how they could spread kindness will give them ideas on how to continue showing kindness. This support continues building the community in the classroom and supports students’ emotional needs by encouraging them and helping them understand that their peers are there to help.
This tool best fits in the supportive phase because it not only builds the community of the classroom but it also promotes inclusion. When students hear that other students got to put a link on the chain because of what they did to help a friend, this influences other students to follow. The teacher support student's effort to achieve these kindness goals and be helpful to their peers. This allows students to feel more comfortable in the classroom and having this positive language will let that comfortableness stay in the classroom. This also relates to the corrective phase as well because we can always refer back to what students said on how they can show kindness in the classroom when they are not being so kind. This will be using their advice and words to influence their behavior. The theory that this tool best relates to is collaborative and teacher-directed because students are given the responsibility to come up with ways to show kindness but the teacher still sets expectations and still maintains control of the chain link. The tool aligns to both by allowing students to come up with ways to be kind but also having the teacher observe and write down times students have been kind and added that to the chain.
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Tool Source: I got this idea from the website as well as my mentor teacher.