Media Center: Kindness Recorder
How to Use the Kindness Recorder in the Media Center
The Kindness Recorder is a job in the Conscious Discipline classroom that includes age-appropriate props like a flowerpot, kindness tree and/or kindness notebook. Including a way to record Kindnesses in the Media Center helps the class focus on kind and helpful acts, operating on the Conscious Discipline powers of Attention (what you focus on, you get more of), Unity (we are all in this together), and Love (seeing the best in others).
Since children of all ages utilize the Media Center, it is important to include even the youngest children by devising symbolic ways for them to record each other’s kindnesses (versus recording hem in a notebook as older classrooms might). A Kindness Tree like the one on the School Family Make-N-Take, available as digital downloads as part of our Premium Resource Toolkit, is ideally suited for this purpose. Children then put a heart on the tree to record each kind act they do or witness.
Additional ideas for your Kindness Recorder can be found in the “Classroom Jobs” chapter of the Creating the School Family book, on the School Family Make-N-Take, available as digital downloads as part of our Premium Resource Toolkit, and in the instruction booklet included with the School Family Job Set. “Looking for Kindness” on Kindness Counts supports the Kindness Recorder.