Today's feel good activity was to view the Street Compliments YouTube video produced by one of my favourite groups Soul Pancake. My Year 7s students were mesmerised while the characters gave their all and told their friends/Mothers/Fathers how they really felt about them. At the conclusion of the clip the students clapped and I launched into our next task - our Bullying assignment - a report outcome - a marked task with a set due date. This was until one of my students started waving his hands around asking "Well aren't we going to do that?" "Um" I replied having not really thought it through... "Sure!" We quickly grabbed a glue stick to act as a microphone and it was decided that my cupped hands would make perfect earphones! A number of students chose to come to the front of the class and tell their classmates how they felt about them - "Thanks for making me laugh", "You are a great friend", "You helped me when I needed it most"... I even got a go - "Thanks for being a great teacher and always fixing out laptops so we don't have to visit ICT!". What a magical, unplanned lesson that left us all with warm fuzzies in the pit of our stomachs!
Last week I set my Year 7 Students the task of undertaking a Random Act of Kindness. I was very excited to hear about their adventures and I was interested to read their reflections on the activity. The 'act's varied from picking up rubbish to walking a neighbours dog. Some students gave up their seats on the tram and others did jobs around the house without being asked - like unpacking the dishwasher. One student missed a party to fill in for a basketball team that was short and another student even found and returned a lost bag that contained keys, a wallet and some sporting equipment.
Most students reported that completing a Random Act of Kindness made them feel 'good' and 'happy' and many said they would definitely do it again!
Tonight's homework is to say something nice on social media! At the moment we seem to be in a ditch of negativity so together as a group the students decided to do something nice for each other and avoid the negative comments!
Today I went back to the staff room to see how many people had taken a FREE Compliment. I was surprised and delighted to find that there was only one compliment left - An even nicer surprise was the THANK-YOU message on the top of the paper! I think I may have to offer some FREE smiles next... I also love these Take What You Need sayings!
A little while a go I stumbled across these FREE Positive Thoughts and FREE Compliments posters (thanks so much for sharing Amanda) and today I finally had the opportunity to print them and post them around my school. I feel a little like a kid in a candy store waiting to see if anyone will take the Thoughts or Compliments... To get people started I gave out a few - so the posters looked used!
Today I set my Year 7 Health Students a special task - a Random Act of Kindness (RAOK). This task fitted in nicely with our Bullying Unit as I have been asking the students some challenging questions about why they don't stand up to bullies and why they don't speak to someone if they are being bullied.
They have a week to complete the task and I have provided them with some examples: