Gratitude – #AMDSBkidschat October 2016


Join us to chat about Gratitude October 25th at 10AM-11AM!

What are you grateful for? This month’s #AMDSBkidschat takes a look at the virtue of gratitude. All too often we take for things, and even people for granted. By discussing gratitude with our students, we shed light on what we have, who is important to us, and what we are grateful for…

The video this month introduces your students to a elementary teacher and class in Sacramento who have experienced the power of gratitude. But the message spreads further as the impact of their program reaches far beyond the walls of their classroom.   

Are you up for a challenge? During the month of October why not try writing Gratitude Journals like Mrs.Cole’s class. Blog, tweet, or take some time to discuss gratitude as a class!  But most of all share your ideas and learning with us here at #AMDSBkidschat! We all have things to be grateful for; “Sometimes we also need a reminder that things are not all that bad”, and that is exactly what we hope to accomplish this month. (Kid President, 25 Things to be Thankful For)

Students Discover the Power of Gratitude on a Community | Class Act

What does gratitude mean to you?

Share 3 things you are grateful for.

How can you show yourself, and your friends gratitude? 

Do you believe that showing gratitude can help others? Why or Why not?

When you practice the virtue of gratitude, what character traits are you showing?  

~ Questions created by @8HowicK students

Join us to chat about Gratitude October 25th at 10 am!

Need help getting started? Everything you need is linked right here!


Want to explore the idea of Gratitude further?
Check out Kid Present’s 25 Things to be Thankful For!

Respect – #AMDSBkidschat September 2016


Welcome back to another fun year with #AMDSBkidschat! As we gear up again for another exciting school year we hope you will join us! We understand that September is a very busy month for many teachers, but everything you need is here, including a step by step guide to set up a class Twitter account, information about how to join the #AMDSBkidschat, as well as resources and information about using Twitter.  And our team is ready to support you!

Our September #AMDSBkidschat is happening on Monday September 26th at 10AM-11AM. The topic we will be discussing is the character trait RESPECT. This month we have 2 different videos in order to reinforce the theme throughout the primary, junior and intermediate divisions (please choose the video that best suits your needs).

Respect is a BIG topic and there are so many ways to show respect. You show respect for people, animals, yourself, the environment and respect for material things… The following videos include a variety of different examples of respectful behaviour that will engage your learners in conversations about respect. During our #AMDSBkidschat we hope all participants will share their ideas, with a focus on engaging in meaningful discussions about respect. #AMDSBkidschat is designed to help K-8 students develop their communication skills, while also learning about digital citizenship responsibilities and rights, as they collaborate with others students, teachers, coaches, and parents throughout the AMDSB.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T… find out what it means to (me) #AMDSBkidschat this September! (PS. We know you sang that last line! 😉

Respect Video: Primary – Sesame Street (one option)

Respect Video: Junior, Intermediate Video – (could also be used in Primary)

1. What does RESPECT mean to you?
2. The video shows several examples of RESPECT. Describe some of the examples.
3. What are some ways that you show RESPECT in school and out of school?
4. Why is it hard to show RESPECT sometimes? Or is it?
5. Describe one person you RESPECT. What did/does this person do to earn your RESPECT?

Additional Activities and Resources:
Brainstorm ways you can show more respect in your classroom or school environment.
Create a list of recommendations to show more respect for others, the environment, etc, and post them in your school newsletter, create a poster, or embed a slideshow or video on your blog.
Check out your school library for the Character Books on Respect. There are some GREAT titles available to share with your class!

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#AMDSBkidschat May 2016: Leadership


For the month of May we will be focusing on the idea of “Leadership.” What does leadership mean through the eyes of our children? Join us in conversation about the skills and character traits that one needs to be a GREAT LEADER! Do you have what it takes?

Leadership: The Power of One 

Questions for the #AMDSBkidschat

  1. What does it mean to be a leader?
  2. What character traits and skills do you need to be a good leader?
  3. Can kids be good leaders? How can you be a leader at school, or in the community?
  4. Who do you know who is a good leader? Why?
  5. “I want to inspire people. I want someone to look at me and say because of you, I didn’t give up.” How do leaders inspire and empower those around them?
  6. What are some challenges about being a good leader?


Additional Resources to Extend the Idea of Leadership and the Power of ONE:

BookOne by Kathryn Otoshi



Happy Tweeting!

– #AMDSBkidschat Team


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