A big shout out to all of the grandparents and special visitors who came to our classroom today. It was so lovely to meet you all…..
After discussing our ‘Friendship Dramas’ we talked about a strategy that can instantly improve our relationships and friendships with others. It’s called Whole Body Listening:
- You listen with your brain to think about what the person is saying.
- You listen with your ears to hear what the person is saying.
- You listen with your eyes to see what the person is saying.
- You listen with your mouth by not talking when someone else is talking.
- You listen with your head and shoulders by pointing them towards the person.
- You listen with your heart by thinking about the emotions that the person might be feeling.
- You listen with your hands by not fidgeting.
- You listen with your legs and feet by keeping them still.
THAT IS WHOLE BODY LISTENING!
As part of our Friendship Saver Program we brainstormed a list of ‘Friendship Dramas’ that we encounter in the playground. It was important to acknowledge and discuss these issues so that we can work towards resolving them. We have kept this list to refer to as we continue with the program throughout the term. Take a look at what we came up with…
From past experience, term three in Grade Two is notorious for friendship dramas. To nip this in the bud, the Grade Two team thought it would be a good idea to implement ‘The Friendship Saver Program’. This program is designed to enhance students’ friendships and reduce conflict among peers. The program teaches essential social skills and independent conflict resolution skills. Research indicates that improved peer relations promote general wellbeing, school engagement, self-confidence and can improve academic focus. We are hoping that this program, along with our Oatlands ‘Friendship Club’, will enhance our kid’s relationships with one another.