- Sam, in the story "Tough!", who learns that acting strong and being in charge isn't as important as being kind
- Lousia, in the story "Weird!", who learns that being confident in who she is can show others that their mean words don't hurt her
- Jayla, in the story "Dare!", who learns that standing up to someone instead of standing by help her stay confident and kind
Students did a great job building connections between the three points of view, and empathizing with each character. We wrapped up our until by talking about the importance of the bystander, who through witnessing a mean behavior has the opportunity to be passive, harmful, or helpful. Our goal is to show our core values through helping either the person being picked on by doing something kind like inviting them to play, or by using our courage to stand up to the person doing mean behaviors. When we stand up as a team, we create a safe and respectful community for our school!
I will return to our 4th grade classrooms in the spring to talk more about academic strategies to build independent study skills, and help facilitate the transition into middle school. It will come up faster than we think! Until then, enjoy the holiday season and Happy Thanksgiving!