Liam demonstrates the good thoughts (water) that go through the social filter and come out into our speech bubbles and the thoughts that should stay in our thought bubble (pom poms).
This week, we spent a lot of time talking about our social filter. A social filter (modeled here by the coffee filter) lets some thoughts through and makes some thoughts get "stuck". The thoughts that get stuck should stay in our thought bubbles, either because they are unkind or unnecessary or because it's not the right time or place to share them. Other thoughts can go through our social filters and can come out as things that we say to others. These things should be kind, true, and important. (See the poster below). We read a story called My Mouth is a Volcano. The students have heard this story before, but it was a great review about keeping our words in our thought bubbles until it is in appropriate time to share. We gave examples about things that might be okay to say or sing, but places or people with whom it might not be appropriate (like singing songs from a TV show in church or talking about how you didn't like a party in front of the host). This is a really tough concept (even for grown ups) but we'll continue to reinforce these concepts using this terminology. We also had some time to play games (and use our social filter when we lost). Next week, we will do a bit more work on Social Filter and create a display for the hallway. I can't wait to see their great ideas!