We had a great week in Room 202:our Mock Caldecott unit was a wonderful experience, and we are inching our way towards learning the purpose and process of revision as we work to improve our feature articles.
But, when I ruminate over what I want to celebrate this teaching week, my thoughts come to rest on Friday, and our once a week exploration of “Stories From Our World”, and these two podcasts in particular:
Both were stories about kindness, unexpected and spontaneous kindness, the type of kindness that springs from doing the right thing because it is the right thing to do…not because you are being watched and expect praise, and not because your kindness will have any reward other than knowing it was the right thing to do.
We have been talking all year about this sort of kindness. We’ve looked for it in the books we read. We practice it in the way we treat each other as we make our way through the learning day. We watch for it in those around us, so that we may emulate what we admire. We pay attention to its absence and ask questions why.
But, there was something about these two stories on Friday that seemed bring all of the work above together in one beautiful conversation. My students heard these stories, and reflected about the meaning of this version of kindness; they talked about how transformative such acts of compassion can be, and how little they require of us, really, other than the imagination to be open to someone else’s needs.
It was a lovely conversation, one worthy of celebration. Today, I celebrate my students and the way they have opened their hearts to kindness.