And the "KINDNESS WALL" was born!
Most of my students don't know how to interact appropriately. They don't know how to give compliments or how to initiate play! I knew I needed to give them a jump start by providing them clues and something with pictures to help them understand!
Here's how it works.
I have 12 students, so as you can see I have paired two students in each of the 6 boxes. These two students will be buddies for the week, getting a new buddy each week. Every morning they will post something nice to their buddy's wall by choosing from the picture bank below the names. Those that can't read, have the picture to help them. The choices allow those that have difficulty expressing their feelings the chance to participate. The pictures choices include nice things like below and are duplicated 3 times so that one student is not limited to one, as others may want to choose the same.
Let's play at recess
Let's have lunch
I like you
You look nice today
I have a gift for you
You make me smile
Let's be friends
The students love it and it's providing them with that jumpstart that they needed! I also love that my non-verbal students have access as well!
How do you inspire kindness in your classroom?