My speech kiddos are still building their schools and we are nearing the completion. Today is one of my favorite days for this project because we look at payscales, tenure and unions in order for kids to understand what teachers actually earn and where we stand. Not because I think I make to little but to give them perspective since they have to depict what they want their teachers to be doing in the classroom. That being said it always surprises me that kids evaluate how they treat their teachers based on the salaries we make, and most days that is a positive change.
Additionally however, I take this opportunity to discuss kindness and my own personal opinion that the world, AND high school, because clearly they are like alternative galaxies, would be better if people were nicer without reward. So my kids had to do a random act of kindness for speech class, that they got no recognition or reward for beyond feeling good about doing good.
The kids were a bit distraught that I was asking them to do something without points but have each done an activity and most have thought it was a positive feeling and that they should do it again. Things ranged from cleaning and drawing a bath to prayer to loaning a friend money at lunch. I was super proud. Plus this was on a day where I had to ban the word "fight" and all of its potential synonyms from my second hour because my young ladies are "squirrelly."
So my ratio currently on positive changes is 7/792......making progress :)