Our character strength for next week is Open-Mindedness. This means, thinking things through and being open to different people and/or ideas. “Don’t judge a book by its cover” is a concept that most of the students will understand with regard to Open-Mindedness.
Also related is the perspective – this picture story book shows how we can all see things the same thing differently.
I also like this clip which illustrated how judgment can literally cloud our opinions of others.
People who are fair treat everyone equally and give everyone a fair chance. Fairness is also about working cooperatively and applying rules fairly. People who are equitable treat males and females equally and have respect for all regardless of their gender. Another aspect of fairness is being a positive bystander.
This clip is about respecting others…
The above clip is about equal pay for men and women, but it is also about gender equity.
Barwon Heads PS is a school that prides itself on the respect that we show for others. We are supported by the Respectful Relationships initiative, driven by “Our Watch” which was established to drive nationwide change in the culture, behaviours and power imbalances that can lead to injustices against women and children. Respectful Relationships work will complement and enhance our Positive Education program, increase the student’s and school community’s perceptions of what it means to be a truly accepting society.
Research shows that children become aware of gender norms at an early age so it is important to commence work on building positive gender relationships within these early years. The program is in direct response to the Royal Commission into Family Violence, which recommended Respectful Relationships, be introduced to all schools to change attitudes and reduce the prevalence of family violence in future generations.
Classroom activities are used to help children explore gender identity, challenge stereotypes and to learn to value and show respect for diversity and difference. We can examine gender stereotypes through literature and we can model respect for everyone, regardless of their differences or gender.
We are also aiming to promote respectful relationships in our community by organising a community forum to discuss how other organisations in the community address the subject of respectful relationships.
WE ARE A RESPECTFUL RELATIONSHIPS SCHOOL
We value and respect others for who they are regardless of gender.
We build respectful relationships with all members of our school and community.
We are helping create a world where everyone feels safe, respected and included.
Forgiveness means letting go of hard feelings like anger, sadness and frustration that can happen when you or someone else makes a mistake. It is a form of compassion.
To focus on forgiveness rather finding a solution can enhance positive coping skills. An example of an excellent coping mechanism is exercising while reframing negative thought patterns into positive ones. Getting social support from others and practicing mindfulness are also good coping strategies.
Why do you think it’s important to forgive others?
This week we will be focussing on having a Growth Mindset. I have written about the concept of Growth Mindset on this blog before, but in order to grow and succeed, it is important to keep working on things, to keep trying, to try new things and literally grow your brain. Having a growth mindset is about attitude too and not giving up when something seems too hard.
Grit is about having the courage and strength to keep trying, even when things are challenging. I guess you could think of grit as being like stamina.
Can you think of an example of when you have used Grit and/or a growth mindset?
This topic is an important component of Respectful Relationships teaching because research shows that children become aware of gender norms at an early age and as they learn about gender they may also begin to enact sexist values, beliefs and attitudes such as insisting that some games are for boys and some for girls. This means it is important to commence work on building positive gender relationships within these early years.
Classroom activities can be used to help children explore gender identity, challenge stereotypes and to learn to value and show respect for diversity and difference. We can examine gender stereotypes through literature and we can model respect for everyone, regardless of their differences or gender.
People who show respect for others have self belief and they give others the opportunity to have self belief.