One major problem with our world today is the lack of kindness. According to one study, empathy, or the ability to relate to someone elses feelings and care for others, is on the decline. Specifically, it has dropped 40% in teens over the past 30 years.
Dr. Michele Borba, a child development expert has studied this decline in empathy and has a great affect on children’s health, wealth, happiness, relationship satisfaction and resilience.
ClassDojo, a communication platform that works daily on creating community in the classroom, is looking to take the kindness problem with ground-up change with their new summer program, the ClassDojo Sumner Kindness Series. This program aim to inspire families with elementary school-aged children to practice hands-on activities to learn habits and ideas related to bringing more kindness and empathy into their lives. The program will run from June 21 through August 16 weekly and its content will be available for free at http://www.classdojo.com/summer-kindness-series and by following #SummerKindnessSeries on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
According to Dr. Borba, ClassDojo’s Summer Kindness Program provides an excellent platform for improving the social and emotional learning in school due to its large reach. One in eight children under the age of 14, 90 percent of K-8 schools in the U.S, and 2 in 3 schools overall use ClassDojo. More than 180 countries use ClassDojo for their classroom management needs. Qualities loved by teachers, parents, students – connection, empowerment – are what makes ClassDojo’s platform so popular and successful. Through this platform they have determined that kindness, empathy, and emotional intelligence ranks among the highest need among teachers as critical to the education of their children.
ClassDojo’s Summer Kindness Series teaches a new kindness habit per week through tips, ideas and activities. It uses methods of collaborative play to teach the nine essential kindness habits which include reading emotions, finding your inner hero, exploring new perspectives, stretching imagination, keeping cool, practicing kindness, collaborating as a team, sharing voices, and being a kindness leader. Each one of these 9 methods get explored in detail weekly until the nine weeks of the program are through, after which the program’s participants will have a better understanding of practicing kindness and empathy on a day-to-day basis. In teaching these important skills and habits, ClassDojo is taking the necessary and important steps needed in creative a positive culture with classrooms and schools.
Find out more about ClassDojo: https://betterlesson.com/blended-learning/strategy/4575/