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59 Days ’til 40: Do You Have a Warm Fuzzy Feeling?

24 Dec

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I love the warm fuzzy lesson I used to teach our students when I was a school counselor.  I would read The Original Warm Fuzzy Tale, by Claude Steiner and I would pass out warm fuzzies to our students (the custodians ALWAYS LOVED me during the warm fuzzy time of year!  I also made paper warm fuzzies with messages the students could send to one another, thanking each other for good deeds.  It was such a wonderful environment.  So often I see teachers trying to do the right thing with class meetings.  They create anonymous suggestion/ complaint boxes.  Students write their concerns and they are brought up anonymously at class meetings (though students can often figure out who other students are complaining about).  This is not a bad way of handling things, but I wonder what would happen if more classrooms turned the emphasis on catching acts of kindness (instead of protecting anonymous complaints).  What would happen if more teachers adopted a warm fuzzy attitude and worked to “catch” students in acts of kindness?  What would happen if we tried hard to proactively reward positive behaviors, instead of just reacting to negative behaviors in our schools?  Human nature seems to lend itself to focusing on the negative (because it annoys us), rather than reinforcing the positive.  Yet, when we acknowledge the positive, our children beam with excitement and our schools become happier places.

Warm Fuzzy Tale - Book Cover

Warm Fuzzy Tale – Book Cover

Today, 59 days ’til 40, I will work to remind myself to focus on all of the warm fuzzy moments and things that surround me, I hope you do the same.

~400daystil40

 

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10 responses to “59 Days ’til 40: Do You Have a Warm Fuzzy Feeling?

  1. Julie

    December 24, 2012 at 00:15

    Warm Fuzzies are much preferred to cold prickles.

     
  2. offdachainandouttadabox

    December 24, 2012 at 02:40

    The first thing that came to mind is the warm fuzzy socks you gave me among other acts of kindness you and your family extended when I lost my mom. You are an angel :)

     
    • 400daystil40

      December 24, 2012 at 22:44

      I love warm fuzzy socks, but I think you may have me confused with another blogger????? Thank you for visiting!

       
  3. Another Thousand Words

    December 24, 2012 at 03:24

    Acts of kindness are frequently worth more than gold, 400! Merry Christmas, and many blessings for you all in the New Year!

     
  4. knittingwithheart

    December 24, 2012 at 05:14

    What a wonderful world it would be, if all the people were on the lookout to catch acts of kindness :)

     
  5. Stefanie Neumann

    December 25, 2012 at 18:25

    I love this story and your thoughts on that!

     

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