Over the past couple of weeks, we have been finishing our unit on problem solving in second and third grade classes. For this lesson, we thought about the role each of our actions has to change how others feel. When we do what is expected of us, we make the people around us feel happy, safe, and comfortable. For the most part, people like us when we do what is expected. When we do what is unexpected, we make others feel unhappy, upset, even unsafe. By connecting our actions to the feelings of others, my hope is to help our students understand the power of their words and behaviors on those around them. We will use this conversation as a jumping off point for our next unit on bullying.
At home, I would encourage you to find opportunities to help your children link their actions to the feelings of those around them. If you have any successes, challenges, or questions, please consider sharing them in the comments section of this post.