On October 9 schools across Australia and New Zealand will be encouraged to take the Choose Kind Classroom Challenge and become a Certified Kind Classroom.
The Choose Kind Movement is inspired by author RJ Palacio’s story WONDER, an established book amongst teachers and students, and hopes to spread a positive social change across Australia and New Zealand by encouraging people to practice acts of kindness.
WONDER is currently in the curriculum for Australian schools as it teaches the
importance of acceptance and being kind to one another.
Schools are invited to take part in the Choose Kind Classroom Challenge, which motivates students to routinely show kindness, acceptance and respect for their peers and teachers.
Classrooms that participate will have a chance to win an advanced screening of the movie
adaptation WONDER for their classroom, which is in cinemas from November 30 2017.
Teachers and educators simply need to sign the Choose Kind pledge at www.choosekind.org.nz and join the Choose Kind Classroom Challenge.
The challenge includes three activities which can be incorporated into a classroom without
disruption to class lessons and curriculum. A full teacher’s guide is available at choosekind.org.au.
Activity One: Fill A Jar With Kindness. Every time an act of kindness is done, a token is placed in a jar.
Activity Two: Precepts to Live By. Explore the concept of a precept and work together as a class to create or choose your own classroom precept.
Activity Three: Once the jar is full, send a picture to firstname.lastname@example.org along with the chosen class precept with an explanation in 25 words or less on why that particular precept was chosen. Include: contact name, name of school, grade of class and number of students in the class. This will be accepted as an entry into the competition for a chance to win a screening of WONDER.
In total there will be nine schools selected as winners, one for each Australian state/territory and one for New Zealand.
The hope is to get as many schools involved as possible with the Choose Kind Movement to
reinforce the importance of being kind to one another
For further information about the Choose Kind Movement and resources for the Choose Kind Classroom Challenge, visit www.choosekind.org.au.
For further information contact:
07 3366 9494 / 0409 949 400
07 3366 9494
About WONDER Movie
The inspiring story of August Pullman comes to life in the movie adaption of the book WONDER by R.J Palacio. As Auggie’s family, classmates and the larger community all struggle to discover their compassion and acceptance, Auggie’s extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out. Starring Jacob Tremblay as Auggie, Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson as his parents, the movie is sure to inspire and warm hearts across the globe. Catch it in Cinemas across Australia and New Zealand on November 30.