Kindness Matters in the Classroom and Beyond

#KindnessNation #WeHoldTheseTruths resources for educators to teach kindness in the classroom.
A little kindness and empathy can go a long way. Demonstrating kindness and empathy can completely change a person’s day, open new doors and opportunities, and mend hurting relationships. And while I firmly believe that teaching kindness and empathy should start in the home, as educators, we need to emphasize these qualities in our classrooms every single day. There is a link to a free resource to use in your classroom toward the bottom of this post!


I start every class period with a bell ringer. Bell ringers provide students with the perfect routine that helps them transition from the craziness that happens in the halls during passion period, to the more structured setting of a classroom. Some of my favorite bell ringers to use with my students are sentence combining bell ringers, growth mindset bell ringers, and bell ringers that force students to use their critical thinking skills. I have my students track their bell ringers on this free tracking sheet, and I stamp it every single class period after I take attendance.
#KindnessNation #WeHoldTheseTruths resources for educators to teach kindness in the classroom.

To provide my students with opportunities to grow as intellectuals and think about love, acceptance, tolerance, diversity, and kindness, I created this set of 40 bell ringers: Bell Ringers to Establish Community. Each bell ringer includes a thought-provoking quote from someone who has made a positive impact on the world and a quick writing prompt that encourages critical thinking.

I typically give my students the first five minutes of class to respond and share their response to each bell ringer. During these five minutes I am able to take attendance, answer student questions, talk with students who were recently absent, stamp all of my students’ bell ringers, and have two or three students share their responses aloud. I look forward to hearing my students respond to these prompts.


To help you decide if these bell ringers are right for you class, I’ve posted a FREE SAMPLER. The free sampler includes 5 different bell ringers that are sure to inspire your students.
#KindnessNation #WeHoldTheseTruths resources for educators to teach kindness in the classroom.

#KindnessNation #WeHoldTheseTruths resources for educators to teach kindness in the classroom.



To help show that kindness matters, I’ve teamed up with some amazing educators and resource authors to provide teachers with free resources to teach kindness in the classroom. This #WeHoldTheseTruths and a #KindnessMatters blog hop is hosted by the Secondary Smorgasbord: The ELA Buffet and Desktop Learning Adventures.






9 comments:

  1. These are perfect for any subject area! Thank you so much for sharing these with our fellow teachers!

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  2. Thanks so much for sharing! I love these inspirational, thought-provoking quotes. I also use bellringers daily, so these will be great to have in the mix.

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  3. I start every class with a bellringer, and these are perfect for weekly prompts to help us focus on issues that matter! Thank you!

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  4. Very nice idea. I love your quote choices, and that it helps start class out on a positive note for our students!

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  5. What a great collection of quotes that will surely get the kids thinking. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  6. Thank you for sharing this sampler of your bell ringers! I love the quotes that you have included and the tasks that you have created for each quote. These are definitely a great way to get students thinking critically and making connections.

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  7. I also use bell-ringers and these will be a great addition to my class! The quotes are very powerful and hopefully will be very meaningful to the students. Thank you so much!

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  8. I love the sentiments in these quotes! Thanks for sharing your bell ringers.

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  9. These are great to get students thinking right away and the topics are wonderful. Thank you!

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