Creativity

People whose signature character strength is creativity are good at thinking of new ways of doing things.

What do you do with an Idea? by Kobe Yamada is a great story about an idea that just wouldn’t go away. 

Another book that shows creative thinking is;

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

10 ways to be creative!

How do you like to use your imagination to be creative?

 

Open-Mindedness “Inclusion”

Open-mindedness means, thinking things through and being open to different people or ideas.

Open-mindedness is also about including others.

At Barwon Heads PS we place importance on ensuring that everyone feels included and we teach the students strategies to use if they see someone being left out or if they feel that they are being left out themselves.

Open mindedness and respect can be promoted by demonstrating empathy and compassion through your words and actions. People who are open-minded love others despite AND because of their differences.

The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon by Aaron Blabey is about a lady who is lonely and different because she is really shy. The townspeople are scared of her, however, they soon realise that she just wants to be included.

Kick it to me, by Neridah McMullin is about the first invitation for Tom to join the Djab Wurrung boys in their Marn-grook game. Tom is thrilled to have been included and amazed by the boys’ enthusiasm and energy.

Why do you think it’s important to make sure that people feel included?

Jake Bailey

Last night I went to hear a very inspirational speaker whose name is Jake Bailey.

I had seen the speech he made to his school just two weeks before graduation. He was the School Captain and had been diagnosed with a very aggressive form of cancer. There was no guarantee that he would survive. The speech that he made at his final school assembly went viral on YouTube (you can watch it below). he did not get to do his exams or celebrate the end of school. Instead, he had months of treatment for his cancer.

Jakes story is inspirational because of the way he has used his near death experience to focus on how lucky he is to be alive.

This is what Jake said about his book……

Thank you, cancer

People live life with the idea “I don’t need to do it now, I’ve got plenty of time”. Most of the time that’s true – but not always. And now it’s a race for me to see how many people I can move, how many lives I can change, how many cities I can visit, how many flights I can take, how much new ground I can break, and how many things I can do that most 19-year-olds don’t get a chance to do, before I die. Then, when I do die, I’ll die with a legacy, and that gives me peace.

I’ve donated a trophy for gallantry to Christchurch Boy’s High, my winning quote is going up on the wall there; there’ll be people who remember meeting me, there’ll be people who remember listening to my speech. When I die, I’ll know that I’ve given my best shot at leaving the world a slightly better place through my actions. People have told me my words have helped them hang on when they came close to letting go.

Of course, I’d prefer not to die before my time. I’d rather keep doing my thing, and I’d be really sad for my family and for my girlfriend, but my position is that dying is not something for me to worry about. I’m not scared of dying.

Every day that I get is another one longer than I might have had. Every morning when I wake up, I know that I’m on borrowed time. It makes me feel a little insecure and uneasy, but I am so grateful for it.

I know it’s frustrating to the people around me when they get upset about little things and I’m quite blase about it. It’s just that it’s hard for me to get wound up about something that’s not life-or-death. The core of it comes down to the fact that anything this side of death is manageable. It might be difficult, it could be uncomfortable, but it can be dealt with.”

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11854911

It is 18 months since Jake got the all clear. He is living life to the fullest on the Gold Coast with his girlfriend.

Wisdom

At Barwon Heads PS we define wisdom as: “My friends think that I am wise. I understand what is important in life.”

 

Some of the activities that we have been doing in class this week have included;

Having students read (or read to them) one of AESOP’s fables and have them identify the wisdom in the story.

 

Have students look for words of wisdom (or wise quotes) on the internet. Have them make a poster for the quote that they feel best represents them or something that they believe strongly.

 

Have students write a letter to a student coming into their grade level next year. Include some words of wisdom.

 

In our class we discussed the importance of not just being a bystander when witnessing an injustice; stand up for what is right.

Some of our favourite picture story books contain words of wisdom…….

 

Can you think of a friend, family member or someone else who you look up to who has showed wisdom?

Persistence – Growth Mindset

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.

Gratitude

Gratitude means being thankful for the good things that happen and thanking others often.

These are some of the benefits of being grateful:

  1. It helps you to be in the present by noticing what you do have and stopping to acknowledge it. This can be the company of a person, having food, or even being able to see.
  2. Being grateful has the power to change your mood almost instantly from negative to positive. Good feelings and positive energy arise when you start acknowledging what you are grateful for.
  3. It generates good vibrations. Quantum physics applied to positive thinking state that the vibrations of your thoughts affect and modify the reality around you.

Even if you are feeling negative when you start looking at what you are grateful for, you won’t be able to hold the negative emotion for very long.

You can make being grateful one of your positive habits as you understand the importance of being grateful.

You can also choose to write a list of at least ten things you are grateful for at the end of your day.

This will put you in a good mood before going to sleep and will help you to welcome the next day with an open and grateful attitude.

Furthermore, you could keep a gratitude journal to create progressively a more permanent grateful attitude.

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

Oprah Winfrey

http://www.the-benefits-of-positive-thinking.com/importance-of-being-grateful.html

 

 

Music

We all love music and research has shown that listening to and participating in music enhances our wellbeing.

On Monday morning the grade 1-3 students were lucky to participate in a performance by “Zeeko” from Musica Viva. Musica Viva provide high quality musical education for students and it was a pleasure for us to engage in this live, interactive performance.

We learnt about a variety of musical instruments including bottles and a conch shell.

We all enjoyed the performance very much!

Prudence

Prudence means……..

“I think carefully and make good choices”

Motto: Think before you act.

“Make smart choices,” is a rule that can be easily applied to primary school students. There are many ways to share how it works. Discuss the smart and foolish choices made by characters in a story, famous historical individuals, students in the playground.  Before beginning a science experiment or art activity, ask kids to talk about the wisest and silliest decisions that can be made.

Some examples of books wherein the characters display prudence include:

    

“Can I Join Your Club” shows the main character being rejected by the other animals and making the decision to make his own club where everyone belongs.

“The Ant and the Grasshopper” is a fable wherein the organised ant plans for the Winter while the arrogant and lazy grasshopper makes fun of the ant. The grasshopper regrets his not so prudent decision making later!

Everyone knows the story of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” and the boy’s unwise decision to trick the villagers more than once. His behaviour also backfires.

Finally, “How to Heal a Broken Wing,” by Bob Graham shows a little boy in a sea of adults making the prudent and kind decision to help a bird lying injured on the pavement.

Jemima wrote: Prudence means….Think before you act and make good choices. If you make a bad choice, at the end of the day think of three good things that happened today.

Matilda wrote: Prudence means….Making good choices and thinking carefully. I choose which path to follow, which line to draw, which balloon to float me and hopefully I choose right.

Can you think of a time when you or the character in a book have shown prudence?