Friday, March 1, 2013

Day 26 - Intentional Goodness in the Classroom

Perhaps my favorite concept to introduce to students of all ages is Pay It Forward.  The idea of giving without receiving anything back in return is very interesting to them. Based on a true story, the movie “Pay It Forward,” helped many organizations take on this generous form of goodness with coworkers, neighbors and sometimes strangers.

A verse to ponder

Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.

An intentional blessing for the classroom

Let’s introduce the concept of Pay It Forward to our students today.  Do something nice for someone (usually something they can’t do for themselves) and ask him or her to do something nice for three more people. As each person passes along the concept, the impact can be exponential.  Children are natural givers and helpers when given the opportunity.  Let’s empower them. For more information, see the Pay It Forward Foundation website.

A focus of reflection

Can you teach the Pay It Forward concept in the classroom? Is it legal? Of course! I have introduced this concept to thousands of students since 2005 and know that many have taken on their own forms of Pay It Forward movements. One of my dear friends is hosting a Pay It Forward Facebook page and event tomorrow to help one of her colleagues whose home burned down. Let’s be known as generous givers by intentionally looking for ways to do good to others.

Day 27
A Seat of Honor

As always, I am
Prayerfully dependent,


Karen C. Seddon
CEAI, State Director, Florida

Note: To more fully understand the 16-9 Movement, please read the first blog entry by  clicking here.

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