- To describe what compassion is
- To demonstrate how to show compassion in their school community
Kid President Video 5-7 min
- Do you think that one person can have as big of an impact as the Kid President suggest?
- How do you think his message relates to our community here?
- Why is it important to think about making the world a better place and looking at the good in the world?
Josh Opens Doors 10-15 min
After watching the video, discuss a few of the questions below, either in small groups or as a class. Project the Josh Opening Doors Questions slide using a document camera or projector. The questions on the slide are:
- Did watching the video prompt any questions for you?
Josh was kind of vulnerable, wasn’t he? What is your reaction to him and his situation?
- What do you think of Josh’s decision to open doors? Could you see yourself doing something like this? Why or why not?
- Josh’s mom suggests ‘fighting back with kindness’ in tough situations. Do you think that can work? Why or why not?
- Josh says that opening doors was a simple act that changed his life. What are some simple acts of kindness that we can do around school to make it a more positive place?
- What simple acts of kindness can you do for yourself?
Beautify Your School Grounds 15-20 min
Brainstorm beautification ideas for your school. After brainstorming ideas, choose one or more idea that can be done today and disperse to complete the chosen idea(s). Determine a time to be back in the room for to share out thoughts and activities, and complete the Kindness Minute.
Some suggestions include:
- Cover graffiti in bathrooms
- Pick-up trash around school
- Volunteer to help a custodian
- Paint the school rock/wall with a positive message (with permission)
- Help set-up a classroom or cafeteria
- File papers/organize in the main office (with permission)
- Create a welcoming banner for the main office
May also use following resources for ideas or to post around school to encourage others:
Give as many high-fives as possible in 10 seconds