Students in Kinder and 1st learned how to be a Social Detective this month. We read the book You are a Social Detective! by Michelle Garcia Winner. Students learned how we each have unique "smarts" but everyone has social smarts. We use our social smarts to figure out what behavior is expected in the different places we play, learn and go. We also learned that people around us have different thoughts and feelings about our behaviors. Our behaviors can cause some to move to a different place on the Mood Meter.
Students learned to use their eyes, ear and brains to figure out what is expected. Ask your child to explore expected and unexpected behaviors with you and where that may put someone on the Mood Meter. This is how you can practice being a Social Detective and using your social smarts!
For February, we focused on the challenging task of being honest without hurting someone's feelings. We began with a discussion about what is honesty and the importance of it. Then, we read the book Being Frank (check it out below) which tells the story a little boy who struggles with being a little too honest. This creative and clever book teaches kids to always stay honest, but to use their social detective skills to be mindful of how their feedback affects others. We discussed the difference between "feel good feedback" vs. "constructive crisiticism". At the end of the lesson, students had an opportunity to role play practice giving the two different types of feedback.
*Please note that 5th graders have a modified schedule and will be receiving the December lesson on the Meta Moment and Growth Mindset.