We Are Wednesdays
We Are Wednesdays is about deciding who we want to be and how we want to be treated. We let others know what is important to us by how we treat them and how we behave. Others are likely to treat you the way you treat them. What is important to you? How do you want to be treated?
Wednesday, June 3rd: We Are... Advocates
An advocate is: (taken from dictionary.com)
(Noun) a person who speaks or writes in support or defense of a person, cause, etc.
a person who pleads for or in behalf of another; intercessor.
(Verb) to speak or write in favor of; support or urge by argument; recommend publicly
What does this mean for students?
We all make choices in how we behave and speak towards other people - whether to our classmates, teachers, or family. We each have the opportunity to stand up for the people around us in our daily interactions - including ourselves.
What does that look like for students?
* Be careful of the language you use when you address other people. Be a model by not using name calling. If you hear someone else using derogatory name calling or language, let them know that what they are saying is not okay, walk away from the situation or help the targeted person walk away, and get some adult help.
* If you hear about or see an argument becoming violent, immediately get adult help - don't just watch or walk away.
* Take the initiative to invite someone in play or group work that you know struggles to be included.
* Advocate for yourself by figuring out what your strengths are and using those strengths to help you in the areas where you struggle. (Ask teachers, counselors, and parents for a little help.)
* Learn about topics that are important to you, to your community, and to the world (the library is a good starting point and then asking for help to research online). Talk to parents, teachers, and friends to see what you can do to help. (Exploring a leadership group, a recycling club, a student council,...)
For additional information about bullying and how to be an advocate for yourself and others, visit:
Wednesday, May 27th: We Are... Empathetic
Having empathy means that we can imagine ourselves in someone else's place - we can see things through their eyes. Being able to understand and feel what another person may be feeling helps us to show kindness to others. If you know or can imagine how someone feels when something happens, you know how you would like to be treated if it was happening to you. Here is a fun Sesame Street video that explains empathy.
Wednesday, May 20: We Are... Flexible Thinkers
One of the most important traits that you can develop is flexible thinking, or having a growth mindset. The most successful students, athletes, performers, scientists, and people in general are flexible thinkers. What does that mean? Well, it means that you have the power to strengthen your brain like a muscle, to actually help your brain build connections. It means that even if you are struggling to learn something, that if you keep trying and looking for more and different ways to figure out a problem and seek help to accomplish your goal, you are far more likely to succeed. Our brains actually build connections the more ways we try things, the more often we try things, and the more times we keep going even when we are struggling. For instance, when you are having a hard time learning math, but NOT GIVE UP and looking at the situation like a challenge that CAN BE ACHIEVED you BUILD CONNECTIONS in your brain. Those new connections will then make it easier the next time you are faced with a similar situation or problem. One of the most famous scientists really struggled in school, was told that he would never amount to anything, and failed his college entrance exams. Do you know who? He worked hard and kept trying. He discovered many different important concepts in the field of physics that helped with the development of lasers, fiber optics, space travel, and semiconductors. He even won the Nobel Prize for Physics! (https://www.britannica.com/biography/Albert-Einstein) * Albert Einstein *
We can learn a lot from Mr. Einstein. I think he would agree with how very important the word "YET" is! Watch the following videos to learn all about it...
Wednesday, May 13th: We Are... Responsible
We all have different jobs we are responsible for throughout each day. Some of them are easier to focus on and get done than others. Having a daily routine for homework and chores helps build a sense of accomplishment and is a stepping stone for a more responsible adult.
BINGO can be a fun way to get through some of your daily responsibilities! If there is more than one student, each can choose a set of 5 and kids can do it at their own pace or there can be a friendly competition for who gets BINGO first. (Parents/guardians: This could be coupled with a daily award or a star chart to earn rewards for the end of the week.)
Wednesday, May 6th: We Are... Kind
Kindness is speaking or acting respectfully to someone - being nice. We do not have to do things in the same way or even believe in the same things to show respect and be kind to one another. We can grow kindness by making a purposeful effort to be respectful and nice to the people around us - family, friends, and even people we don't know. Choosing to show kindness is something we can do every single day to make our world a better place to live. What are three acts of kindness you can do today? How can you help to fill someone else's bucket? (When you fill someone else's bucket, you fill your own bucket as well!) Watch the following video for some ideas!
Another video about kindness: Kindness is a Muscle
Wednesday, April 29th: We Are... Able to Make Choices
We all make choices. We make choices about what to eat, what we read, how much time we spend doing our schoolwork, doing our chores, how we talk to our friends and family, and other activities each day. Are your choices helping you meet your goals, the things that are important to you? Are your choices helping you make friends? What do your choices say about you? Watch this fun video called The Ball Is In Your Court from GoNoodle about the choices we make!