Wisdom is different from intelligence but represents a high level of knowledge, the capacity to give advice and to recognise and weigh multiple sides before making decisions. People with wisdom are able to answer important questions about some of the meanings of life.
This clip is most suitable for year 3 and up.
Words of wisdom from Dr Seuss
Can you think of any words of wisdom from a picture story book written by another author?
Molly has come up with a fun idea for using our Positive Statements in a new way and I love how she has used her creative thinking skills to come up with this original idea!
Molly is in Mr Lord’s class and her task was to present a speaking and listening activity of her own choice to her class.
When Molly was at home, she came up with the idea of using the BHPS Positive Statements to teach her class how to make a chatterbox using some favourite statements. She then related them to the Character strength that you would use to practice that statement.
Here are some examples of the chatterboxes that Molly and Poppy made. We’re looking forward to Molly taking our class to show them how to make Positive Statement chatterboxes.
Goal setting is important because it gives us a sense of purpose that can improve our confidence and build our self-esteem. It also helps us to focus and make better decisions.
Research findings demonstrate that establishing challenging goals, rather than ‘do your best’ goals, is a more effective way of setting expectations for students. Difficult yet achievable goals have an energising effect which motivates students to strive to the highest levels.
When goals are chosen by the students themselves, with support from teachers, the goals are more meaningful.
Some examples of goal setting from the BHPS Positive Statements by Grade 5s.
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all” (Aristotle)
In schools we value teaching students mainstream curriculum subjects which include Reading, Writing, Maths and ICT (Information Computer Technology), to name a few. We teach children these subjects to enable them to be “literate” in a range of subject matters.
More recently, many schools, including Barwon Heads Primary School teach wellbeing literacy explicitly during Positive Education sessions. Wellbeing literacy is the language that we use around wellbeing. It encompasses words and how we communicate wellbeing as individuals and within organisations.
By understanding the language of wellbeing we are enabled to interpret our own wellbeing and the wellbeing of others. To intentionally improve our wellbeing, it helps to have a level of wellbeing literacy. Knowing what words such as empathy, resilience, kindness, mindfulness, persistence and growth mindset mean gives us the ability to identify these states in ourselves and understand them in others.
Many schools encourage students to set goals in the main areas of the curriculum and to set these, it is necessary to have a level of literacy or understanding of those subject areas. At Barwon Heads Primary School, our set of positive statements are a tool from which students select their own, personalised, wellbeing goals to stand alongside their reading, writing and maths goals.
We have all types of emotions and being emotionally literate means that you can identify a range of emotions.
I use many words to express emotions
tell my teacher how I am feeling
tell my friends how I am feeling
clearly explain how I am feeling using descriptive words
notice how others are feeling
Character Strengths: Kindness, Humour, Modesty, Love, Gratitude
Although under the title of Positive Emotions in our model, we do, at times, experience negative emotions too. Being able to identify the emotion through our emotional literacy and address the negative ones increases our wellbeing.
Can you name some of the emotions you have experienced recently?