We’ve been reading Barbara Robinson’s book, The
Worst Best School Year Ever. In it, we see how one compliment affects a key character who is known for her and her family’s outrageous, trouble-making behaviour.
After finishing the book, we did an activity to see how it felt to be given compliments. Each child had a blank piece of paper taped to his or her back. The students were instructed to walk around and write compliments and positive comments on each other’s papers, without leaving names.
At the end of the activity each child was left with a page filled with positive words about themselves. Words like, “fun,” “creative,” “best friends,” “smart,” “kind,” “energetic,” and many, many others. We talked about how it felt to get these messages about how they were seen by others and the kids said it made them feel special, warm and fuzzy inside, and happy to read the words.
As we recognize today’s Red Cross Day of Pink in support of taking a stand against bullying, we will continue to use our positive, uplifting support of each other in our class and our school.