"Don't be nice, be kind!" - one of my favorite sayings.
There is nothing wrong with being polite and "nice"; but being kind is from the heart, a place of empathy and goodness. When we are older, I hope the men and women in charge of our lives, our towns, and our country are kind people.
Towards that goal, Ms. Steim, Mr. Connors, and I began our Guidance lessons with the 4th and 5th graders this past week. We watched Shel Silverstein narrate The Giving Tree and responded to a few reflection questions via Google Form. This is the resulting Woodle from the prompt: "Please share three words that describe the tree in The Giving Tree."