We have been spending a lot of time exploring our (and our friend’s) feelings and emotions as part of our Getting Along unit in You Can Do It.
It is lovely to see that students in 1/2 GH are comfortable in sharing their emotions out loud as well as exploring possible solutions. Each day we have discussed how our actions and words impact other people as well as ourselves.
Today 1/2H we did an experiment with 2 identical looking apples (twins).
1 apple was spoken to nicely and was treated with care. The other apple was spoken to in unfriendly ways and was dropped on the ground.
When we cut the apples open we found there was a difference.
The apple we were kind to was clean and clear on the inside. The apple we were mean to started to get bruises and had squishy spots on the inside. After some discussion we discovered that although it may not look like our actions and words are doing any visible damage on the outside, the impact is occurring on the inside where others can’t see it. We decided: We need to think before we speak; think before we act.
Not our apples but a good example.