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"SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING "I SPY KINDNESS"

We've established that Social and Emotional Impact Learning is objectively and measurably beneficial for kids. But what does it have to do with kindness? We're so glad you wanted to know! Our I SPY KINDNESS program was created to integrate intentional kindness skill building instruction with the development of social and emotional competencies. Paradigm wide

"I SPY KINDNESS" PARADIGM

One of the most beautiful things about kindness is the purity of its ease and simplicity. That's reflected in our Kindness Paradigm, which is what we call the simple, four-step cycle that we've based our entire program around. Here's how it works

STEP 1 - INSPIRE

Whether it's through video, role-play, books, games, or another hands-on activity, each kindness lesson is designed to inspire students. That way, teachers aren't just informing – they're using their imaginations and applying their natural ingenuity.

STEP 2 - EMPOWER

Inspiration is good—but it doesn't become transformative until students are given the tools that will let them act on that inspiration. With that in mind, the next step is for teachers to lead the class through discussions designed to empower students to find ways to be kind in their daily lives.

STEP 3 - ACT

You might be able to guess what's coming next. Once students have the ideas and the tools to act on those ideas, the next step (of course) is helping students put those ideas into actions. It might be a research project, art, entrepreneurship projects, community service, or something else entirely—but regardless of the form, the program will have students bringing real, tangible kindness into the world.

STEP 4 - SHARE

At this point, students will have experienced how great it feels to perform acts of kindness. And what does everyone want to do after doing something cool (besides ‘do it again')? Talk about it, of course! Next, we ask students to reflect on what they've done through dialog, written responses or a visual product (which includes everything from illustrations to full-blown ‘walls of kindness'). This reinforces what they've learned and experienced, and makes it far more likely that they'll begin the kindness cycle again themselves.

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