kindness in the classroom

I am a 5th grade elementary school teacher,with 33 students. Life is hectic for my students. Though they live in a nice area,and have all of their physical needs met,alot of their free time is spent with day care providers or after school lessons.Life is so rushed. This year, I have really slowed the pace down in our classroom. I talk about focus,and staying in the moment. I talk about our connectedness to each other,thus the need for mutual respect. My classroom has become a much calmer,kinder place to be today.The children feel safe,and calm,and are usually ready to learn.