4th- Differing Perspectives. We talked about how two people can see the same situation in very different ways. Seeing things differently doesn't mean that one person is right and the other wrong. We discussed looking at all the possibilities and trying to see the other person's point of view before jumping to any conclusions. We can at least listen and be respectful even when we don't see things the same way.
3rd- Conflict Resolution. We discussed what "fair" means--not always just getting the same thing! Fair is each person getting what they need to be successful. In class, fair might look like different assignments, seating arrangements, extra help, etc. Then we talked about how when we are solving a conflict with another person, we really want the solution to be fair. That means that everyone involved gets what they NEED. That might not mean they get exactly what they want, but the solution is something that works for everyone: a win-win.
2nd- Tattling vs Reporting. We talked about reporting in our bullying and safety units, but we got more specific about when to tell and what we can do instead. We read A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue and discussed how to solve some problems on our own.
1st- Friendship. We talked about ways to be a friend. Then we read Hunter's Best Friend at School. During the story we discussed how part of being a friend is being a learner and allowing others to learn. Being a friend isn't about just doing what your friend is doing or wants you to do, but being your best self and helping your friend to be his or her best self.
K- Bullying. We learned how to refuse bullying by being assertive: standing up tall, looking the person in the eyes, and using a strong respectful voice to tell them to stop. We also learned about being a bystander--someone who sees or hears bullying happen. Bystanders have lots of power to either make the problem bigger or smaller. We discussed what we can do to be assertive and helpful if we are a bystander.