Those in the business community state that two traits that are much desired in employees are empathy and emotional intelligence. However, studies have demonstrated that many young people lack empathy and a feeling of kindness to others.
In order to promote kindness and empathy in students, ClassDojo has developed a program to help parents and students work on developing the attitudes that lead to kindness and empathy. ClassDojo is calling their program The Summer Kindness Series.
ClassDojo has teamed up with Dr. Michele Borba to adapt her book “Unselfe: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World” into a series of lessons that will be available on the ClassDojo communication platform.
Each week from the period of June 21 through August 16, a kindness lesson will be available through the ClassDojo platform. Each lesson will contain detailed information about how elementary school students can develop a kind behavior in their lives. Nine emotional kindness lessons will be taught through the summer. The lessons will include important information on topics such as curiosity, mindfulness and how to read the emotions that others are feeling.
One lesson will be released each week, and students can join in any time during the summer. The lessons will be taught using tips for research, and their will be opportunities for students to engage in collaborative play. ClassDojo hopes that parents will be able to incorporate the main themes of the lessons into the way that the family interacts throughout the week and throughout the summer.
ClassDojo hopes that The Summer Kindness Series will have a major impact as ClassDojo has a major reach across the United States. Currently, 2 out of 3 schools use the ClassDojo communication platform to create a community among teachers, parents and students. With so many students from so many different backgrounds communicating together over the summer, kindness and empathy can be developed among those from different cultures. ClassDojo sees their kindness series as a way to build change from the ground-up and make a difference in students’ lives.
Find out more about ClassDOjo: http://www.businessinsider.com/ed-tech-startup-classdojo-is-going-viral-2016-7