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Here we go into 2013.  This Semester our Learning Studio is going to examining how we can make a difference in the world.  That seems a REALLY BIG topic and so broad that it's hard to know where to even begin.

Don't panic!  We have lots of ideas and plans for how we'll approach it. Miss Scott and I know that you will have lots of ideas too.

In the meantime, I also thought about the way that the biggest projects often have the most impact with the smallest beginnings. So, with that in mind I thought that we would look at the way that we can impact the world immediately around us.

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I've been reading some interesting things over the holidays Some of it was even on Facebook (Shock horror!).  A big part of what I was looking at was about KINDNESS.  You know kindness; that thing where we do nice/good/thoughtful stuff for another person for no reason at all - except that it will make their life easier and/or more pleasant.

Anyway, I was thinking about it and wondering two things:
     1. How would you define kindness?
     2. What are some examples can you think of where you could show kindness to another person? 

Shall I give you a simple example or two?  Okay.  I could show kindness by holding a door open for students to walk through instead of pushing through first.  Or, I could carry the newspapers in for Meagan in the mornings.

Take some time to think about it and then I want you to post your responses in the blog. (Remember to use complete sentences, no slang or text talk)

We're going to have a KINDNESS section in our room where we can post notes about our Acts of Kindness.  Let's talk about how we're going to do this when we get together.

(PS. To comment, click on the word comment above and a box will pop up. Remember to use your best manners, complete sentences and no text talk.)

Laura
30/1/2013 13:29:20

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Laura T
30/1/2013 16:49:17

Mrs Dewar is one of the best teacher I have ever had
by the way this blog is set out really well

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Mrs Dewar
31/1/2013 12:37:27

Thanks Laura! Now, tell me a bit about kindness and how you can show it........

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Zoie Shaw
31/1/2013 12:36:46

Zoie handed in her comments:
1. Kindness is when you do something for someone just because you feel like it and you expect not a thing in return. Kindness shows you care.
2. Welcoming someone new, opening the door for someone, using your manners, sharing, helping.

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Mrs Dewar
2/2/2013 17:36:14

Great organisation Zoie. I like your definition of kindness and you are already showing many of those examples. Well done.

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31/1/2013 13:24:42

Hi love your comment on kindness
Just asking, were you a supermodel when you were younger
thanks Jonas

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Mrs Dewar
31/1/2013 17:48:27

Hi Jonas. Thanks for the response.... what do you think it means to be kind and can you think of ways that you could show kindness to others? I love to read about those.
I know it's probably a shock (not really) but I have never really been a supermodel! I just pretend. Makes me feel good. See you Monday. Mrs Dewar

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Laura hh
1/2/2013 18:04:39

Hi mrs dewar.
1. I think kindness means treading someone how you would like to be treaded.
2. Kindness means going out of your way to help other.
3. I think kindness is being there for others when they need you.
4. Having a kind heart and treading people with respect and caring.

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Mrs Dewar
1/2/2013 21:32:50

Hi Laura. What a great response. I'm glad you've given this some thought. I'm looking forward to putting some of these ideas out there for others to think about using. I'm also looking forward to seeing you continue to be a kind hearted person. Well done. Thanks for posting.

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Bryson
2/2/2013 15:58:34

I would define kindness as helping or assisting anyone.
An example of kindness is to help/assist anyone just because you can.

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Mrs Dewar
2/2/2013 17:21:22

Well done Bryson. I'm looking forward to seeing this in action. It's going to be a great year, I'm sure.

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Bryson
2/2/2013 16:29:43

And if someone drops a lottery ticket, it might be a winner, give it back to him and you may or may not get something in return, that's the power of kindness.

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Mrs Dewar
2/2/2013 17:22:10

Wow! That's not only kind but honest. Go you.

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Phoebe D
2/2/2013 17:32:33

1- kindness is when someone is friendly and thinks of others before themselves.
2- When you let people go in frount of you.
When you go out of your way to help someone.
When you donate something to the less fortunate.

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Mrs Dewar
2/2/2013 17:35:20

Good thinking Phoebe and well done on being persistent when your iPad froze. The answers were worth the wait. D

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Meg
2/2/2013 20:05:40

1 Kindness is when you do something nice for someone and don't expect anything in return.
2 going out of your way to help someone.
Letting someone go in front of you.
Holding the door open for someone.

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Mrs Dewar
2/2/2013 20:14:26

Good job. Wonder how many we different ideas we will get and how many we will put into action..... : D

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Aaron
3/2/2013 05:10:50

1. Kindness is going out of your way to help someone in need or alone.

2. Inviting someone to play in your game if they are alone.

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Mrs Dewar
3/2/2013 08:50:53

Good thinking Aaron..... Do you expect someone to show kindness in return, or would that just be a bonus?

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Mrs Dewar
3/2/2013 18:00:39

Good one Aaron

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Rachael
3/2/2013 12:27:54

Kindness is being just generally nice to everyone even if you don't like them you still should be nice to them and act like you lik them.
A thing you could do to be kind to some one is the open the door for them or you could tell them where there class is if their not sure.

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Taite
3/2/2013 12:36:44

Kindness is doing something and not expecting anything in return

Eg, if you find a wallet on the ground give it back to who it belongs to, you shouldn't expect anything in return for doing a good deed.

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Mrs Dewar
3/2/2013 18:01:23

Good explanation and example Taite.

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Adam
3/2/2013 12:44:35

This blog is set out really well and what you have wrote about kindness is right in every way

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Adam
3/2/2013 12:45:44

You can show kindness by being respectful and by helping eachother

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Mrs Dewar
3/2/2013 18:02:02

Good re-reading and provision of an explanation Adam

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Chelsea H
3/2/2013 13:03:08

1. I would define Kindness as helpful, friendly and being respectful
2. You can show kindness when you are welcoming a new student/teacher and talk to student who looks lonely or despressed.

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Mrs Dewar
3/2/2013 18:02:58

Good explanations and example Chelsea.

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Jake L
3/2/2013 13:07:58

Hi Mrs. Dewar, I think kindness is just helping someone that looks like they need it, and you don't really expect anything in return.

A couple of examples would be letting someone to their locker first or opening the door for someone.

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Mrs Dewar
3/2/2013 18:04:08

Hi Jake. I like the way that you have answered this blog and have taken time to think over your ideas. You have given a good explanation and have also given a couple of clear and practical ideas.

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3/2/2013 15:13:07

Hey Mrs Dewar,
I think to show kidness you need to be considerate of others and genourous. For example: Letting others borrow a pen in class if need to or show others where there next class is if there lost.

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Mrs Dewar
3/2/2013 18:05:07

Emma you have answered this well and clearly. I like the everyday kind of examples of kindness. Well done.

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Chelsea Mark
3/2/2013 16:37:08

1.I think kindness is someone being nice to others and showing respect.
2.if someone is having a bad time you could be nice and be there friend through it all.

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Mrs Dewar
3/2/2013 18:06:27

Hi Chelsea. These are interesting ideas and it'll be god to see these in action in our classroom! Well done.

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Maddy
4/2/2013 05:16:52

1. Kindness is an act that comes from the heart. It's when you are respectful to everyone around you and you are considerate .
2. You can show kindness by using your manners and respecting everyone around you.

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Mrs Dewar
4/2/2013 18:01:30

Always great to see thisin action

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Bonny Fraser
4/2/2013 07:46:10

I believe that kindness is a lot about doing nice things for people even if it's not asked for. Ways I can show being kind in class are things like asking someone if they need help if there lost or even offering to lend someone your gluestick and/or things like that.

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Mrs Dewar
4/2/2013 18:05:02

Some good ideas in here Bonny

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Cordel
4/2/2013 10:22:11

Being nice to people. Helping others

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Mrs Dewar
4/2/2013 18:05:49

Well done Cordel

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Jacob
4/2/2013 12:08:48

Being nice and doing good things in class

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Mrs Dewar
4/2/2013 18:06:32

Thanks Jacob

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