Resources Children’s Books Stand in My Shoes by Bob Sornson Wonder by RJ Palacio The Sandwish Swap by Kelly DiPucchio Websites http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ signe-whitson/ bullying_b_2188819.html This article discusses the difference between Rude and bullying http://projecthappiness.org Project Happiness, specializes in emotional resilience-building programs that are used by people of any age The Counselor’s Corner Whitney Shelton, Daniel Wright Elementary [email protected] (614) 718-8900 Listening with Understanding and Empathy This month we focused on our habit of the month: Listening with Understanding and Empathy. We focused on a different aspect of this habit in each grade level to best demonstrate this thinking habit! Our Kindergarteners were introduced to the “de-bug” system and using “a bug and a wish”. We practiced going through all of the steps in the “de-bug system” 1. ignore 2. move away 3. Bug and a wish (it bugs me when___and I wish_____) 4. Use your strong voice 5. Tell an adult. By going through all of steps, our Kindergarteners are empowered to be assertive problem solvers while still being respectful. http://kidpresident.com I used this video the the 5th graders to teach them how to use their passions and strengths to make a difference in the world. If you need a smile- watch this kid’s videos! Our first graders learned about “cotton words” and “sandpaper words” (kind and unkind) and we focused on how those words make us feel as an introduction to empathy. Our second graders dove into empathy by reading, “Stand in My Shoes” by Bob Sornson then picking shoeboxes with shoes and a story of the person that wore those shoes. The students were asked to imagine how that person must be feeling, and how we could show empathy to that person. Third, Fourth, and Fifth grade also focused on empathy by learning more about others in their class and appreciating our similarities and differences. We focused on the Check out my guidance page for more information about the guidance program: http:// www.dublinschools.net/ WhitneyShelton.aspx ways we can notice how someone is feeling and the keys to active listening (stop, breath, listen, reflect). Fifth grade is even making podcasts in each class to talk about their similarities. Each class picked similar experiences that they’ve had and they’re sharing their stories. They’re realizing that even though we’ve been through a lot of the same things, our experiences vary greatly! The stories will be shared within their classes to gain an appreciation for our differences and individual strengths.