Schools across Australia and New Zealand are encouraged to takethe Choose Kind Classroom Challenge and become a Certified Kind Classroom.
The Choose Kind Movement is inspired by author R.J Palacio’s story WONDER, an established book amongst teachers and students. WONDER is a part of the Australian Curriculum as it hopes to spread a positive social change across Australia and New Zealand by encouraging people to practice acts of kindness to one another.
Schools are invited to take part in the Choose Kind Classroom Challenge, which motivates students to routinely show kindness, acceptance and respect for their peers and teachers.
Classrooms that participate will have a chance to win an advanced screening of the movie adaptation WONDER for their classroom, which is in cinemas 30 November 2017.
So what’s the challenge?
Teachers and educators simply need to sign the Choose Kind pledge at www.choosekind.org.au and join the Choose Kind Classroom Challenge.
The challenge includes three activities, which can be incorporated into a classroom without disruption to class lessons and curriculum.
Fill A Jar With Kindness. Every time an act of kindness is done, a token is placed in a jar.
Precepts to Live By. Explore the concept of a precept and work together as a class to create or choose your own classroom precept.
Once the jar is full, send a picture to firstname.lastname@example.org along with the chosen class precept with an explanation in 25 words or less on why that particular precept was chosen. Include contact name, name of school, grade of class and number of students in the class. This will be accepted as an entry into the competition for a chance to win a screening of WONDER.
In total there will be nine schools selected as winners, one for each Australian state/territory and one for New Zealand.
The hope is to get as many schools involved as possible with the Choose Kind Movement to reinforce the importance of being kind to one another.
A full teacher’s guide is available online.