How It Works
The Student Experience
ThinkGive is about self discovery and understanding the positive effects of giving of yourself — a compliment, a helping hand, appreciation, love. Teachers provide guidance and encouragement but students own their experience. They see their actions making a difference — and what they see, they remember.
Teachers introduce a giving prompt and lead discussions and activities guided by ThinkGive’s curriculum. The class explores topics like empathy and social justice, and consider who they are and who they want to be.
Each student decides how to give and who to give to inspired by the in-class prompt. They see the impact their words and actions have on others and discover how good it feels to be kind.
Record + Reflect
Students record their gift on the ThinkGive portal. Reflective questions help them connect their individual actions to the broader concepts discussed in class.
Engage + Share
Students visit their Team Page to engage with, share with, and learn from their peers. This collaborative component promotes digital citizenship in a secure teacher-monitored space.
Discuss + Collaborate
Collaboration comes alive in the classroom with group discussion and reflection. Students come full circle on their experience, capturing key learnings before setting out on the next giving prompt.
The Ripple Effect
The positive effects of ThinkGive extend well beyond the classroom walls. Each student act of kindness, empathy, inclusion, and connection inspires others in their schools and communities.
Comfort to Courage Zone
ThinkGive is designed to gradually guide students from giving in their comfort zone to giving in their courage zone where the most valuable learning occurs. Students build a strong sense of self, make meaningful connections, and experience firsthand the power of their words and actions.
The act could be tiny. The impact huge.
“I thanked the kind lady that drives my bus. I now make an effort to say thank you to her whenever I see her and she seems to feel appreciated when I do.“
“Today I gave my Dad the gift of saying I love you. Sometimes I just assume that he knows that I love him but it’s so important not to take for granted the words that mean the most.”
“I gave blankets and a pillow to a homeless man while he was sleeping. What you do while no one is watching shows who you really are.“
“I held the door open for a large group of people. My role in my community is to be as helpful and kind as possible. It's important to be a good citizen.“
“I took a break from chores and homework and went for a long walk during sunset. It was so beautiful. It helped me feel relaxed.“
“I gave a hug to Ms. Rodriguez. I respect her because out of everything she can do in her life, she chooses to be with us and teach us many amazing things.“
“I picked up a lot of plastic bottles in the plaza at recess so we have a clean earth and the air we breathe is not polluted.“
“I talked to a boy who is very quiet and keeps to himself. I realized he's a different person once you talk to him. I made someone smile just by talking to them!“