In this comprehensive, multifaceted management strategy utilizing the book "One" by Kathryn Otoshi, students improve relationships with the teacher and each other. Students are aware that they will be accepted by the teacher unconditionally. The teacher models the behavior desired, thus reciprocating the kindness and respect shown by the students. This technique encourages a community classroom environment in which each child feels a sense of belonging and self-worth. The idea of performing acts of kindness is beneficial for both students performing the act and the students receiving the act of kindness.
This technique starts with the teacher. By utilizing the phenomenon of self-fulfilling prophecy, teachers can develop empathetic and kind students with this technique. For example, a teacher might say, “How kind of you!” or “That was so nice of you to help your friend.”
The teacher models this technique by responding to acts of kindness and performing her own. The teacher follows up by rewarding the students for displaying the desired behavior. Further, the teacher is consistent and repetitive with the technique.
Because this technique does not provide for punishments, the child is accepted fully as a developing human being and member of the classroom despite mistaken behaviors. This technique gives the child numerous chances to perform acts of kindness. There is no time frame or time outs; the child always has the opportunity to be kind.