This week, we started our new schedule for Ware Time, a homeroom block to support our work in student wellbeing and supporting a positive school culture. Also, Mrs. Eskerod has been working with our grade 7 classrooms to talk about how we all come together as a community to help shape school culture. The metaphor of crabs in the bucket, where people pull one another down, contributes to a negative school culture. By being unkind, vandalism, rumors, intentionally hurting others through actions and words in person and online, etc., we are not able to fully accomplish what we all want both individually and collectively.
This week’s first conversation and activities in Ware Time addressed:
- To feel comfortable and uncomfortable
- To establish agreements for students and teachers
- To define confidentiality and privacy
- To define reporting
- To improve emotional intelligence (EI)
- To begin building a foundation where students can be self-reflective, share their opinion and engage with the group
The lesson concepts and ideas are the same in grades 7, 8 & 9 each week, with different levels of complexity and nuance. We are working to develop common language and understanding as a school, based on the work of Rosalind Wiseman, Owning Up; Empowering adolescents to create cultures of dignity and confront social cruelty and injustice.
Please ask your child about the conversations they had today to begin this collective journey.