Seeing kindness in teaching

A recent UBC Okanagan study has found many local students see kindness as a major part of teaching. The study was released on World Teacher Day.

The study found that 42 per cent of students in kindergarten to Grade 3 in School District 23 consider teaching an “act of kindness.”

“Early elementary students are, by and large, attentive to kindness modelled by teachers and are able to identify characteristics of teachers' kind acts,” said John Tyler Binfet, assistant professor at UBC Okanagan.

The study asked students to draw pictures of themselves and a teacher performing an act of kindness.

“The finding of this study provides more information about young children's conceptual understanding of school kindness in several possible ways,” Binfet said. “By asking students to draw an act of kindness we are given a glimpse into how young children understand and interpret kind school-based behaviour.”

World Teacher Day, celebrated on Oct. 5, honours teachers for their contribution to kids around the world.

“I am exceptionally proud of having been a teacher,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a statement. “Regardless of whatever other job titles I hold over the course of my life, I will first and foremost be a teacher.

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