fight bullying by teaching kids to be kind

How to Fight Bullying By Teaching Kids To Be Kind

Perhaps meanness in school happens because we don't teach students what to do. The #tbk (to be kind) movement is spreading like wildfire among many schools.

The Schmucker Middle School National Junior Honor Society is encouraging the entire school to be kind. They heard about the program when their principal told them about Lake Brantley High School in Florida.

Teachers Caitlyn Charnow and Stacy Eck were inspired and tell us all about their Program To Be Kind and how it is spreading to faculty and staff. The world needs more of this!

[callout]As promised, I'm starting to send lots of freebies to my mailing list. As part of this post, I'm sharing my free “take one” kindness poster. Print and encourage kindness in your classroom.[/callout]

Who are Caitlyn Charnow and Stacy Eck?

Caitlin Charnow is a seventh grade Language Arts Teacher, and the head of the National Junior Honor Society at Schmucker Middle School. It is a personal goal of hers to spread tolerance and understanding to her students, and to give them a voice. She is excited to realize this goal through leading the students in Project To Be Kind. Stacy Eck has been a teacher for 7 years and has served as the National Junior Honor Society leader at Schmucker Middle School for 3 years.

They were inspired by Lake Brantley's #tbk program. [Check out Lake Brantley's videos.]

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I'll send free ideas and handouts to help your classroom be kinder

Join the Kindness Club and get this free kindness poster as your first gift. When I made this poster and started using it, kids started giving each other compliments -- literally. They tear them off and spread the kindness.

If you register today, I'll send you some helpful reminders, tips, and freebies to help you have more kindness in your classroom.

(I'll send you reminders every so often, once or twice a week.)

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Adam December 16, 2016 - 8:11 am

I just came across this article and I am so glad to hear that you are using kindness to combat bullying. Please let me know if there is anything To Be Kind can do to help!

Adam Sherman
To Be Kind
Co-Founder (The classroom teacher where it started)

Vicki Davis December 17, 2016 - 7:24 pm

Wow, Adam! You rock! I would love to have you on the show!!!


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