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.
Modesty is about not showing off and knowing your strengths and weaknesses.
Modesty is like humility and people who show humility do not seek the spotlight, preferring to let their accomplishments speak for themselves. They do not regard themselves as special, and others recognise their modesty.
It is good to be confident in yourself and to always strive to be the best you can be. Yet, truly successful people strive not only to be their best, but to be great in how they treat others and celebrate their talents.
Humility is not just for the ball field, it is something to apply to every aspect of your life. It is about being courteous and saying “please” and “thank you” all the time, not occasionally. It is about being able to apologize to others even if you are just slightly in the wrong. It is also about listening and open to learning from others. Being humble is recognizing that everyone has different strengths and paying complements to other people.
“The Emporor’s New Clothes” is a classic Fairy Tale about an emperor who did not show modesty!
The students in 3A have identified their character strengths. Students were given character strength cards from which they got to choose the strengths that were most like them! They then made posters showing our character strengths and gave some evidence as to why they identified with a particular character strength.