This week, we have been having some great discussions about how we should be treating others. On Monday, we kicked off our Anti-Bully Week by having a “step in” circle. We all stood in a circle and closed our eyes. Ms. Bonicontro read some statements and if they applied to us, we stepped into the circle and opened our eyes to see that we were not alone. Some of the statements were silly and had us in giggles, but others were more serious and made us think.
Tuesday, our lesson focused on Challenging Minds, Not People. We had a class discussion on what it looks like to disagree with someone else and what to do when that crosses the line. Our class came up with some great ways to handle a situation when a friend is argumentative all the time. It’s okay to disagree, but after some time, it becomes clear that the parties arguing need to just agree to disagree.
This morning, our class entered the room to see the white board covered in harmful words. The idea for today was “How do you want to be remembered”. We noticed that meanness takes different forms. The words were written in black and blue to represent the mental bruises that some of these words can cause. Then, we took turns “erasing meanness” replacing those words with positive ones. In the end, there were still a few black and blue words – we will never be able to get rid of all the meanness- but we made a big difference! I was very proud of our class today!