#SOL15: Choose kind!


Live life, but choose kind!

Be all that you can be, but choose kind!

Live life with gusto, but not at the expense of others – choose kind!

Choose to be the positive impact in the daily lives of those around you!

Focus on what you can control – your own actions!

A photo taken on Nov. 16 in Paris shows the Eiffel Tower illuminated with the colors of the French flag in tribute to the victims of Friday’s attacks. (Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images)paris three

My heart is heavy with grief, but I choose kind!

Empathy for Parisians.

Prayers for Parisians.

A moment of silence.


For teachers, consider:

Advice for Parents about “Breaking News”

Newsela – “Paris is stunned . . .”

Schools Grapple with how to Teach about Paris


Tuesday is the day to share a “Slice of Life” with Two Writing Teachers. Thank you, Anna, Betsy, Beth, Dana, Deb, Kathleen, Stacey, and Tara. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here. 


18 responses

  1. It is at times like now that it is more important than ever to remind the next generation of the benefits of kindness and generosity versus hatred.

    1. And also to look beyond a label that defines a location . . . !

  2. What important advice to remember! “Choose to be the positive impact” resonates with me. Our words and actions are so powerful, both negatively or positively. Being thoughtful and careful about our words and actions can ensure that it leads to the positive.

    1. Thanks, Lisa. Our mindset impacts so many others – the kids we teach, our fellow teachers, parents, and even communities. Sometimes – our reach is so much wider than we ever imagine!

  3. Thanks for this Fran. I did not talk about it yesterday. Should have asked. I will today.

  4. Choose kind…if only we all remembered that every single day. Thanks for the tribute to Paris. I, too, wrote about Paris today at Teaching for Life. I’d love to hear your response.

    1. So true, Barbara! It truly is an EVERY.DAY.CHOOSE.KIND!

  5. “Choose kind”. How I wish we all would. What a better world we would live in.

    1. EXACTLY!
      And no $ required.
      Just a bit of self-monitoring!

  6. We’ve been talking about this since Monday in our class. My kids are still kind, they want to help, and they want to heal. The power and vision of childhood – wish it remained that way for years ahead.

    1. Tara,
      So important to remember that these kids will one day be in charge – kind, helping and healing are such critical life skills!

  7. Still so sad about this news. Thought of us at the Carlyle bar when I saw the NYTimes cartoon of Madeline yesterday.
    You might like to read my daughter’s blog on same topic.
    She was living in France last year and interned in Paris the summer before that.

    1. The responses amaze me . . . let’s take our anger/frustration/grief out on the Syrian refugees. Really?

      Thanks! Will read your daughter’s blogs!

  8. It’s so important to focus on all the love and kindness that surrounds us each and every day. Thank you for this important reminder, Fran!

    1. You are welcome, Catherine!

      I’m currently lobbying for 20% of the news to literally be GOOD news! Wouldn’t that be a change!

  9. One of the most important things we can do in the wake of any tragedy is extend kindness to others. Kindness is what holds the world together when it feels like it’s falling apart.

    BTW: Do you know about this?

  10. Choosing KIND is always a WIN. I think this makes a beautiful magnet to go along with my IOWA magnet a dear beautiful writer friend gifted me with! 🙂

    1. Yes, it is always a WIN! And always something to be thankful for!

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