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6 May 2016

posted 5 May 2016, 17:25 by Carolyn Brett   [ updated 5 May 2016, 17:28 ]
At Karakia, the focus for this term was introduced: 
  • I am connected... (with a focus on empathy) 
  • I can build relationships with others
  • I can communicate clearly
  • I can be part of a team
  • I can connect to my place, the environment and globally

Please see our curriculum document for more: 

https://drive.google.com/a/worserbay.school.nz/file/d/0B08HkJ7c_LC7ZlFrTGFyT0ZzVllYMnozNVJ3dkxISkg3QVJF/view

Not only do we have a deep intrinsic need to feel connected to others, relationships have positive consequences for physical and psychological health and accomplishment.

We have often discussed the concept of empathy, as we call it 'the ability to put yourself in someone else's shoes' in class, but it's a concept which needs to be constantly revisited. I recently came across the following tips for parents on helping your child cultivate empathy which may be of interest:

http://mcc.gse.harvard.edu/files/gse-mcc/files/empathy.pdf?m=1448054555

The New Zealand Curriculum promotes a focus on relationships via the key competencies: http://nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz/Key-competencies. Strong relationships are believed to lead to increased student wellbeing, engagement, and accomplishment. (Greenberg et al., 2003) 

In order to build relationships with others, children also need the ability to develop a positive relationship with themselves. This can often be overlooked as we tend to focus on relationships with others more frequently. Therefore, self compassion, kindness, and forgiveness is equally important. I'm thinking of the child who is really hard on themselves, who finds it difficult to let their mistakes go, who doesn't bounce back with some ease when something they are responsible for goes awry, as it often does......... we need to support them to be kinder and more forgiving towards themselves as a first step. 

“HAPPINESS CONSISTS MORE IN SMALL CONVENIENCES OR PLEASURES THAT OCCUR EVERYDAY, THAN IN GREAT PIECES OF GOOD FORTUNE THAT HAPPEN BUT SELDOM.” Benjamin Franklin

Here's to a happy and healthy term!
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