We continued with expected and unexpected behaviors this week and kicked off these conversations with the book Do Unto Otters. This book is obviously a word pun (my favorite kind!) and is full of silly illustrations of basic manners and making friends. Some of the kids laughed hysterically as they got the silly puns and some laughed at me as I laughed hysterically at the silly puns. And a couple of kids just stared at me like I was nuts--which is likely. We also read the Habit #2 story--Begin with the end in mind. Some kids draw pictures of themselves achieving a goal. All of the children also colored a cover for their Leadership Notebooks, which is pictured above too. This took a lot longer than I had allotted, so some of the groups got a little off track for the rest of the week.
2nd grade: continued to practice the 5 point scale and took a closer look at "happy".
3rd grade: We started the week with a teachable moment when one of the kids in class said that their grandma had died over the weekend. We practiced emphatic things to say to someone who is sad. We also squeezed in some assessments.
4th and 5th grade: This group had time for a game day on Friday! They did well on the first game, but when it was time to chose another game, there were three different conversations, so we diagrammed their interactions and located the problems in their communication. Unfortunately, they ran out of time for a second game, which was also a great opportunity to talk about working together.
This week, the joke was: "What do elves learn in school? The elf-abet!"
Our emotional word of the week was: devastated. The children put this in their notebooks under "sad".
Have a super weekend! Go Green!