Well the trend continues, my to do list grows and my motivation declines. It is report card writing time for me and what did I do last night - went to see The Hobbit - a 2hr40min movie. But the time with my family was definitely more important and more fun then working on report cards. But by Sunday night I will be feeling the pain of procrastination.
This doesn't mean that I don't have time to stop by and blog, of course not.
In addition to report cards I am starting to think about activities for our next Anti-bullying week. We have two focus weeks at our school when we really work on anti-bullying initiatives (that hopefully carry over ) - the one in November and the last week in February for Pink T-Shirt Day (here is last year's post if you do not know what the heck Pink T-shirt day is). You can also read this post or check out my Anti-Bullying Pinterest board
Anyway I thought I would share some of the things we did in November just in case your too are planning for Pink T-Shirt Day or just wanting to focus on friendship and kindness in the month of February.
In November we did a few things:
1. We focused on Taking Action - on the first day we had an assembly and reviewed our previous initiatives through PPTs and a new portion with students acting out actions they could take. Each student left with the task or writing down a pledge of what they would do to stop bullying.
2. On the Tuesday we got all the students together again, watched a video on Passing it On. We told our students we did not think it was enough to say what we were going to do, that we had to TAKE ACTION (theme!!!). We did a pass it on activity. We had our students line up along the walls of the gym. My co-worker that plans these activities with me and I stood together in line. Then we each turned to the person next to us and gave them a compliment. They had to turn to tell the person next to them a compliment. When you did that you sat down - spreading kindness went around the whole school population. Students left with the challenge that they were being given a piece of paper to record an action that they DID and they had until Friday morning at 9 a.m. to do it .(saying the first one was not good enough!!). This is sort of what the slip looked like - only with our school name removed.
3. On Thursday each class was challenged to decorate their door using words that show the type of action we want to take. It was based on this pin here. Here are some of our doors.
|My door, each student took one of the words and turned it into a celebrity for the red carpet.|
|My friend and co-planner for all of this!!|
|My friend in primary. They worked on the Kid Kindness Club activities all week.|
|My friend in Grade 7/8. Each student did a puzzle piece.|
|My friend in 5/6 students made the words with their bodies - each student making a letter.|
4. On Friday we got together again. We had two of our Grade 8 students act as ushers. Students had to bring their piece of paper with their action recorded. Our ushers whole punched their ticket and collected it. Students then walked the red carpet to enter the gym (red plastic tablecloths from a dollar store). I had a camera and took pictures paparazzi style while they worked their walk. Then they went to the wall to get their picture taken inside a star frame (black Bristol board with stars around it). We re-did our pass it on compliment activity, only this time we had a timer up on the screen so we could set our first official passing on kindness record. We reviewed our accomplishments and then had 2 fantastic presentations from our Grade 7/8 students.
Later we took their slips of paper to make a wall of action.
In February we will wear our Pink T-Shirts on Wednesday the 26th, we will watch a slide show with all of their star photos and review our theme of taking action. We are going to make another school mural with pink hearts or t-shirts or something - see still planning. I would love to hear ideas from any of you!!!
I hope some of these ideas may spark your motivation to do something at your school and that these ideas may spark motivation in your students to spread kindness. So of course I am linking up with the Queen of all that is positive motivation, my friend Joanne at Head Over Heels for Teaching for her fab linky....
Enjoy your Saturday!!