This month our counselor led classroom lesson built on the the November life skill, Growth Mindset. During each classroom visit, we explored “The Power of Yet” as we read the story, The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do. In this story, Lou encounters a challenge: she has never climbed a tree. Throughout the story, Lou procrastinates and makes excuses to avoid climbing the tree. Eventually, with some encouragement from friends, Lou faces her fear and climbs the tree. But she falls! Despite her initial failure, Lou models a Growth Mindset, realizing she just can't climb the tree YET, and eventually tries again.
Students took time in each class to set goals and think about ways they can have a growth mindset at home or at school. In third through fifth grade, students also watched a video about a group of young boys in Southern Thailand who used a growth mindset to start the original Panyee Football Club in 1986.
. The Lifeskill for October is Cooperation and to further that concept as well as building on our No Place for Hate initiative, our October theme for SEL is "Everyone fits at BPE".
We began by reading the book Where Oliver Fits by Cale Atkinson. This book explores the challenges of learning to be yourself and finding your fit through the story of Oliver, a puzzle piece. He knows he wants to be part of something bigger than himself. But when he begins to search for his fit, he finds that it is much harder than he realized. You can watch the book trailer below.
After discussing the book and the importance of being yourself to fit in, students had an opportunity to create and decorate their own puzzle piece. Each puzzle piece will become part of a giant mural puzzle that reminds us BPE is No Place for Hate and Everyone Fits!
During September SEL lessons, all students learned about the No Place for Hate program at BPE this year. To become a No Place for Hate recognized school, all students must sign the Resolution of Respect. We read and discussed this respect agreement prior to reading the book One by Kathryn Otoshi.
One tells the story of Blue, who is a quiet color. Blue gets picked on by Red, who is a bit of hot head. The other colors really like Blue and they don't like what they see, but they don't know how to help Blue. Then, One comes along and shows all the colors how to stand up, stand together, and count. The book illustrates accepting each other's differences and how it sometimes just takes one voice to make everyone count.
During the reading, students discussed and shared how the Resolution of Respect could have helped the characters feel safe and happy. After reading the book and reviewing the promises in Resolution of Respect, all students signed their class' respect contract.
During January, 4th and 5th grade students used Nearpod to explore Digital Citizenship and Cyber-safety Rules. Parent may view the Nearpod lesson through the pdf below.