An Update from the Counselor

This week in guidance, we continued to discuss the ways we interact with one another in different settings. We spent time discussing the emotional impact unkindness has upon us, and the great positive emotional impact that kindness has.

In grades 3-5, students worked on an individual writing activity, where they had to think about different places in school where bullying can occur. They wrote about peer pressure, and how being a leader or being a follower plays in to bullying situations.

Bullying_WhereDoesBullyingHappen

They then worked on a group activity where they were given a set of discussion questions that they tackled together, and wrote down their respective ideas, and shared with the class. I was so impressed with the depth of their answers and their eagerness to share and participate.

In grades JK-2, we spent time thinking about the lasting effect of unkind words. We read the book Chrysanthemum, by Kevin Henkes. During the story each student held a paper heart that he or she had cut out. Every time in the story that a classmate said something unkind to Chrysanthemum, we crumpled up our hearts. We talked about how hearing mean comments or hurtful things from others can make our heart hurt on the inside. We then tried to flatten the hearts out and make them straight again.

Chrysanthemum

By the end of the story, we saw that no matter how much we tried to straighten the hearts after crumpling them, we could not get them back to normal. This helped us realize that repeatedly hurting people can have a lasting effect, that cannot always be undone. Then we went back to our desks and decorated our own hearts, and thought about the ways we can build up our peers, compliment them, and support them in school.

To end our week, we had a wonderful violin performance sponsored by SEISO. The students all gathered in the gym and were eager to ask our guest questions about her musical experience. Everyone enjoyed the showcase!

Have a great weekend and enjoy the sunshine!

Shameem Balakrishnan
School Counselor

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