Thoughts on Creating Compassionate Schools

The Global Digital Citizen Foundation recently published a great article on how to build a compassionate classroom in order to reduce or eliminate instances of bullying. Isn’t this every teacher’s dream? To create a place where students feel safe, needed, and understood. This is the type of environment that fosters learning and creativity.

Building a compassionate classroom begins with you! As the well-known saying goes “actions speak louder than words.” Your students see everything. As they see you treating others with kindness and respect, they are more likely to do so themselves. As they receive kindness and respect, they are more likely to give it to others.

Compassion is about meeting the needs of the students. All students want to feel needed and understood. It will take time and effort to get to know each student individually, but in doing so you will best understand how to enable them to thrive in your classroom.

The Washington State’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction website provides six excellent principles to create a compassionate learning environment where students thrive:

Principle 1: Always empower, never disempower

Principle 2: Provide unconditional positive regard

Principle 3: Maintain high expectations

Principle 4: Check assumptions, observe and question

Principle 5: Be a relationship coach

Principle 6: Provide guided opportunities for helpful participation

This month is Child Safety Month and we believe every child has the right to a safe and effective learning environment. To continue studying and learning how to build a more compassionate classroom, we invite you to take our course “Creating Compassionate Schools.” This course is on sale for $249 through November 30, 2015, with the promo code Safety15.

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