One of my co-teachers has done a lot of Kagan strategies training, and uses those strategies in her class a lot.
One suggestion she had from the Kagan book is a page the students fill out called "How's Class Going?" The questionnaire has four statements that the students mark on a scale.
One is: I feel like I belong to this class. So they mark 'yes' if that's true for them, and 'no' if it's not. And they can mark anywhere on the line. Well, the last statement says, "Students in this class like me." 3 students flat out put no. Ah. Pooh. That makes me so sad.
So again, I need to figure out ways to encourage kindness and caring.
And sometimes, I feel those two things are even harder than math - which on the section where the students were to write, "What I like least..." almost half of them put math. But that's a whole 'nother deal!
Any suggestions on love and kindness - send them my way.