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#SOL18: A Ripple


When do you speak up? When do you take action?  When have you “had enough”?  


I have a question. 

I see an injustice. 

Do I remain quiet? 

Do I speak up? 

What if my question is not accepted? 

What if  . . . 

What is the worst that can happen?

 

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I love this poem that Vicki Vinton posted on Twitter (as well as a new source for poetry)!  It can apply to so many situations in life.

Inaction . . .

Inertia . . .

No longer acceptable . . .

What is the tipping point?

Relative Truths:

Do no harm?

Truth?

What will be the cost of speech?

What will be the cost of inaction?

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“Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water,

the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.”  Dalai Lama

“This is what kindness does, Ms.Albert said. Each little thing we do goes out, like a ripple, into the world.” Jacqueline Woodson

What will your “ripple” be?




Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Lanny, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.                                                                                                      slice of life 2016

#SOL16: Kindness


Where do you find inspiration?

Children’s literature is a great source of inspiration  and this Edutopia post has 15 additional quotes that you can visit/revisit.

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This quote was the impetus for me to dig even deeper into “kindness”.

Do you volunteer?

Do you live a kind life?

How would we know?

What would be our “look fors”?

Kindness is a virtue that bears revisiting in the cold days of winter.  Too much “indoor time” on dreary, cloudy days may result in frayed tempers and unintended consequences from unkind words spoken in haste.

Random acts of kindness?

Pay it forward?

Actions? Words?

“No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted.”

Nothing flashy or expensive required.  Simple actions. Kind words. A supportive message.

Inspire My Kids is a great source of “Kindness” Quotes for Kids and in fact includes Aesop’s quote above (without the graphics).

The first book that comes to mind is Jackie Woodson’s Each Kindness – specifically, regrets over missed opportunities to be kind.

In the anti-bullying world, Disney has “Choose Kindness”  and Random House Kids also has “Choose Kindness” supporting Wonder.

“No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted.”

How can you “choose kind” today and every day?

How can you support “kindness” for every person every day?

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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.  Get ready to share your writerly life with the March Slice of Life Challenge!

#SOL15: Celebrate!


When you hear the word “celebrate” is this an image that comes to mind?

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A fun gathering for a specific event with perhaps some balloons, a bit of confetti, and fun?

Dictionary.com has the following definitions for celebrate:celebrate.JPG

Who knew there were so many definitions?

How do you “celebrate” or “make known publicly; proclaim” in your classroom?

I want to celebrate “Kindness” – “Joey was kind to me when he held the door for me.”

I want to celebrate “Volume” – “I read two books this weekend.”

I want to celebrate “Happiness” – “I love this weather!”

I want to celebrate “Friendship” – “I appreciate the gift of time that you spent on following up on a previous conversation.”

I want to celebrate “Writing” – “I wrote an extra blog post!”

I envision generating “celebrate statements” to put in a class fishbowl, to share at a designated time or even to decorate the tree on the classroom door . . .

Can “public naming of actions” develop and sustain a positive mindset and climate in the classroom?

How can we use small steps (and small celebrations) to reinforce our progress towards big goals?

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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 andteachers here. 

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