TeacherGoals Podcast Episode 34

How to Cultivate a Culture of Kindness in Elementary with Jeff Kubiak

"If you build kindness into the DNA of your classroom then it becomes a natural part of what you do."

Jeff Kubiak
Author, Monsters Have Manners

How can educators create a culture of kindness in elementary schools? In this episode, our guest is Jeff Kubiak, the author of Authors Have Manners. Drawing on his experience as an educator, he provides specific strategies to teach kindness in manners in elementary. Don’t miss this valuable conversation!

3 TeacherGoal Tips


Tip 1:

Be intentional. Don't get so busy that you forget to teach your students kindness and manners.


Tip 2:
Model kindness and manners. When your students see and hear you doing it, they will do it too!


Tip 3:
Thinking about starting a kindness club? Do it now, even if you only have a few students. Once the idea catches on, more will join.

This Episode Features...

Jeff Kubiak

Jeff is an educator, author and speaker from Northern California. He taught for ten years in grades 4, 5, and 6, and now serves youth as an Elementary School VP.Monsters Have Manners is Jeff’s 3rd book, but his first project that he’s worked on with his son Braden. Braden drew all of the monsters between the ages of 8-12.Jeff lives near Sacramento with his wife Piper; daughter Keeley, and son Braden. They love to travel as much as possible, especially to areas with beaches, water, and hiking trails.Jeff focuses his book topics on kindness, compassion, inclusion, equity and ways to help other people. He loves to travel to schools and talk about writing, literature, improving mental health, and other areas.

He can be found on Twitter @jeffreykubiak, Instagram @jeffkubiakauthor, or at jeffkubiak.com

Erica Terry, Host

Erica Terry is a 20-year educator and co-author of the Eva the Diva Girl rhyming picture book series written with her daughter, to empower young girls to build confidence and grow in self-love. She is also the founder of Terryfic Learning Company, where she equips teachers with actionable tools and resources to start a profitable online business and build generational wealth without stress.  

You can find her hanging out on Instagram @ericanterry_

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