Thanks for Teaching Us is a site that allows students to publicly thank their teachers. With Random Acts of Kindness Week just around the corner (Feb. 13-19), this might be a great activity to offer your students. Talk about the qualities they have liked in past teachers. Ask them to choose a teacher and to write a letter of gratitude. If they have permission to have their work and first name on the internet, allow them to type their thanks on this site. Once it is posted, the letter can be e-mailed to the teacher. Searches can be done on the site, as well, for teachers and schools that have already received thanks.
I thought that I would experiment by creating my own countdown calendar for my daughter this year using QR codes. It seems to me, during this busy time of the year, that it might help to remember the power of being kind. So, I have created a countdown calendar of Random Acts of Kindness, using ideas from the website of www.randomactsofkindness.org, a free Weebly website, and a QR code generating site. I anticipated I would be sharing this, so I deliberately made the sites generic. This will allow you to use these codes to count down to any event – the beginning of the holidays, a class celebration, etc… – within 24 days. Since I haven’t used this yet, there may be some mistakes, so please let me know if you find any!
Tomorrow, I will share with you a similar QR code document. Instead of Random Acts of Kindness, however, it will lead the user to different Classroom Reward Coupons.