Spread the Love is a practice that helps students better understand how others value them. Just a few kind words can elevate, inspire, and foster a sense of belonging throughout the classroom.
Inspired to try this practice?
Spread the Love is a quick student-led activity to build a positive classroom culture by celebrating what each student brings to the learning community. Up to two students sit in the “hot seat,” while their peers write messages on the board behind them.
The big reveal of the compliments and positive comments on the board will energize the classroom and fosters an overall sense of belonging. Over time, each student gets their turn in the “hot seat” — and you can, too!
A special thank you to Latonya R. from Highland Elementary for sharing the Spread the Love practice with the Sevenzo community!
- Who? Students (your whole class!)
- What? The goal of this exercise is to…
- Why? Research shows that…
- How? Follow the guidelines in our toolkit to conduct The Gratitude Experiment in your classroom and tailor it to your classes’ specific needs.
- When? This practice would be a great way to kick off the year as students get to know one another!
Ready? Let’s go.
- Follow the guidelines in our toolkit and tailor it to your classes’ specific needs.
- You’ll need a few materials: A chalkboard or whiteboard, chalk or markers, and a camera or smartphone
- We estimate you’ll need 5 minutes of class time for each student, either during one period or as a few minutes per day over the course or a week.
- Video Inspiration: How Does Identity Shape Belonging?
- Video Inspiration: Who makes you feel like you belong?
Dig into additional research
- Teachers College Record Study: Social Capital and Dropping Out of High School: Benefits to At-Risk Students of Teachers’ Support and Guidance.
- ASCD: Seven Strategies for Building Positive Classrooms
- ASCD: Educator’s Guide to Preventing and Solving Discipline Problems
- Teaching Channel: Creating a Positive Classroom Culture
- Edutopia: 5 Innovative Ways to Create Positive Classroom Culture
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