Social Emotional Problem Solving

This week we shared ‘The Rabbit Listened’ by Cori Doerrfeld. Students were encouraged to think about the strategies they used, not only to solve their own problems, but also the different ways to help their peers when things don’t go as planned.

Each of the animal characters makes different suggestions, including avoidance, talking it out, getting angry etc. Student’s ideas around these strategies lead to lots of animated discussion. This might be my new favourite Social Emotional Learning book this year. Continue reading

Orange Shirt Day

This week in the Learning Commons we have been celebrating Indigenous culture, sharing authentic Indigenous stories and some classes have discussed the impact of Residential Schools. Our goal was community building, with each student creating a link in a chain to represent how we are all connected and support each other.

Reach for the Stars with Books

Check out our latest bulletin board display. The Cat in the Hat is enjoying some of the new books that reflect the latest direction in the development of the library.

These titles are helping us to create a collection that honours diversity and respects the individual. The focus is on building a collection, in both French and English, that helps students understand the importance of Social Emotional Learning and offers staff some great titles to share as discussion starters with students.

January Storytime Core Competencies

For our first week back in January we shared two stories that were great fun to read, super discussion starters and helped students think about the classroom dynamic. We read Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein and My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook. I shared our reading on Twitter and both of these authors responded to our work. It is always fun for students to see that their reading is acknowledged by the authors.