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

Deciphering Construction Blueprints

We began our school year in the Learning Commons by sharing the wonderful Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson. Students discussed the importance of never missing an opportunity to be kind. We also had fun with Munsch’s Mortimer and built our beds with the lego.

Some classes problem solved to see if they could decipher the construction blueprints for the new school addition. Students were very interested to figure out the symbols and plans. We also designed our own school – complete with basketballl hoop in the library!

Words and Your Heart by Kate Jane Neal

This week primary classes enjoyed this wonderful book by Kate Jane Neal.  Words and Your Heart is a great book to spark discussion about the power words can have, both positive and negative. We shared the story and then worked in groups to build structures whilst at the same time ‘building each other up’ with kind words. After clean-up, we reflected on our collaborative work and how the powerful words made us feel.

Always Remember by Cece Meng

This week some students in Grade 2, 4 and 5 created turtles as a follow up to the wonderful story Always Remember by Cece Meng with illustrations by Jago. Students in Grade 4 and 5 painted the egg carton pieces. This allowed them to dry overnight for the Grade 2 students to add the details the next day. Inspiration for the project from EmmaOwl.

 

We combined our creations with a Shark Lady display from my colleague Michelle Donaldson