Fairness

Fairness

I treat everyone equally. I give everyone a fair chance.

Treat people the way you want to be treated.
How to behave in a fair way:

Take Turns.
Tell the truth.
Play by the rules.
Think about how your actions will affect others.
Listen to people with an open mind.
Don’t blame others for your mistakes.
Don’t take advantage of other people.
Don’t play favourites.

 

I really enjoyed watching this animation about treating every equally.

Self Control – Positive Coping

Helping students to learn a range of positive coping skills will allow them to develop and practise
these skills and enable them to cope with future changes and challenges.

Positive self-talk is a key strategy for coping with negative thoughts, emotions, and events. Resilience research shows that use of positive self-talk is associated with greater persistence in the face of challenge, whereas negative self-talk is associated with higher levels of distress, depression and anxiety. Positive self-talk can be learnt or strengthened through practise.

 

“The Most Magnificent Thing” by Ashley Spires is a great example of a person using positive self talk to persist in the face of challenge. Have a look at this stop motion animation put together by Elmwood School in Ottawa (Canada).

Friendship

Friendship means being a good friend to others and understanding that your friends have thoughts and feelings.

Within the VIA Character Strengths this is listed as “Social Intelligence” and falls under the category of humanity; strengths that manifest in caring relationship with others. Social awareness is about what we sense about others and what we do with our awareness.

Have You Filled a Bucket Today? is a heartwarming book that encourages positive behaviour by using the concept of an invisible bucket to show us how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation and love by “filling buckets.”

 

There are many books that emphasise the concept of friendship. Which one is your favourite?

 

 

Mindfulness

At Barwon Heads PS we value Mindfulness, so much so that one of the major components of our Pos Ed model is Mindfulness. Today we spoke to our staff about the benefits of mindfulness. We began with a short meditation. We then shared the results of an analysis of  15 studies which measured the impact of meditation in schools.  (Waters et al 2015).

Students who are taught meditation at school reported higher optimism, more positive emotions, stronger self-identity, greater self-acceptance and take better care of their health as well as experiencing reduced anxiety, stress and depression. This is compared to before the meditation programs and compared to peers who were not taught meditation.

The review also showed that meditation helps the social life of students by leading to increases in pro-social behaviour (like helping others) and decreases in anti-social behaviour (like anger and disobedience).

Finally, meditation was found to improve a host of academic and learning skills in students. These included faster information processing, greater focus, more effective working memory, more creativity and cognitive flexibility.

https://theconversation.com/why-meditation-should-be-taught-in-schools-42755

This short film shows how practicing Mindfulness impacts on the brain.

We use websites and apps such as Class Dojo, Go Noodle and Smiling Minds in the classroom and personally, we use Buddify, Insight Timer and Headspace to name a few. YouTube also has a multitude of meditations.

 

Do you practice mindfulness and if so, how?