4th- Teamwork/Cooperation. We did an activity in which most of them thought they were competing when really, to succeed, they needed to cooperate! We talked about how our class is a team--one person doesn't win by being THE best, everyone wins by being THEIR best. We talked about some strategies for cooperating and working together.
3rd- Rumors. We thought we were spreading respect, but accidentally spread a rumor instead! We talked about what a rumor is, why they are hurtful, and Mrs. Hoell's rumor rules. We TRIED to take the rumor back, but discovered that once it is out there, it is impossible to completely take it back.
2nd- Feelings. We reviewed our basic feelings (happy, sad, mad, scared) and then read How are You Peeling? to discuss other feelings and how to appropriately express them. For example, being mad is okay, but yelling in someone's face is not. Instead we can take deep breaths, ask for a break, try to solve the problem, walk away, tense and relax our muscles, etc!
1st- Bullying- Bystanders. We finished up talking about bullying (being mean, over and over, on purpose) by discussing what to do if you see it happening to someone else. We discussed how we can support others by being kind and including them, using our assertive words to help them refuse (when appropriate), and if the person wants help, we can help them report to an adult.
K- Bullying- Recognizing and Reporting. We spent our first lesson talking about what bullying is (being mean, over and over, on purpose) and practicing recognizing it in different situations. We also talked about how we can recognize unkindness even if it isn't bullying.
The second lesson was about reporting bullying. We talked about who we can tell (different adults we trust) and how to report to them. I'm asking my students to give this information: *who the problem is with, *what exactly happened and when, *then ask "can you help me?"