Though the kids are in school to learn the curriculum and standards of first grade as an IB school we also focus on becoming citizens of the world and the children are learning and applying those skills every day!
Yesterday, we learned the BLUE house won the first quarter competitions and adult made signs were hung around the school. As we went to our first special and the kids were reading the blue house signs many of them expressed dislike and sadness upon seeing them. Not just because their team did not win, but because some of the signs felt mean to our kids. It actually was a great topic for our community meeting and SEL lesson today. We discussed that in sports, life, and learning there are winners and losers and that we need to accept that as a way of life, but that we also need to act with empathy and think about how we would feel if we were the winners or losers as well. The class reflected that some of the signs are good and appropriate like “Go blue house or yay blue house!” But other signs like “Blue is better and blue is the best” felt like bragging instead of being proud and excited. After our discussion, we went through the IB action cycle, the kids had “reflected”, the kids “chose” words that they felt showed excitement and pride without bragging, and “acted” by creating some new signs. We replaced the signs with our own signs to show pride and encouragement for the blue house success!