Spread a Little Kindness and Avoid Teacher Burnout
According to Ben Johnson, author of 10 Steps for Avoiding Teacher Burnout, making someone’s day by extending a small kindness is another step to avoiding teacher burnout. His suggestions include calling a parent or guardian to share something good about a student; complement a struggling student on something he or she is doing well; or just show gratitude to a staff member with a note, hug, or even a small gift. Here are 11 more ways to spread kindness for you and your students:
- Set up an appreciation day for custodians, school secretaries, bus drivers, or administrators. Ask your students to write a thank you statement. For example, thank you Mrs. Smith for keeping our classroom clean; thank you Mr. Brown for getting us to and from school safely; thank you Miss Thomas for saying hello to us when we come to school, etc. Place all the thank-you statements in a large envelope and deliver them.
- Bring treats in for the staff on a Monday morning.
- Buy a dozen roses from the grocery store and give 12 staff members each a rose.
- Send a note to someone on your staff that has shown you kindness or has helped you.
- Surprise your students with a fun activity.
- Explore the resources listed below and commit to doing some of the acts of kindness with your students.
- Smile at your students and your colleagues.
- Organize your professional books and materials and give a new teacher books or materials you no longer need, but still have professional value.
- Leave a generous tip the next time you dine out.
- Call someone who has been in your thoughts.
- Watch the movie, Pay It Forward.
Below are some excellent resources and ideas for you and your students to consider when choosing kind. Wonder is a great novel that deals, among other things, with the power of kindness. Consider it for a read-aloud for your students. Check out our unit and read-aloud guide on Teachers Pay Teachers.
Resources for Spreading Kindness