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Cliff's Corner - 9/14/2017

posted Sep 14, 2017, 5:23 PM by Admin at Winterhaven

Counselor's Corner


Hi folks, 


For the month of September we are continuing our K-5 focus on kindness. This last week, we watched a video called The Kindness Boomerang <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwAYpLVyeFU> and did some scheming on how we can make this happen in our Winterhaven community. 


Next week, we will be starting a book called Enemy Pie and thinking of ways that kindness can break down animosity and barriers between us.  

 

 

Life Vest Inside - Kindness Boomerang - "One Day"

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Watch as the camera tracks an act of kindness as its passed from one individual to the next and manages to boomerang back to the person who set it into motion. Has ...


The 6th grade will also be focusing on kindness, but in a much more physical challenge way. We are also working on teambuilding and learning names and about each other since so many of them are new to Winterhaven this year.  


I also taught a lesson on the stages of racial identity to the 7th and 8th graders this week. We looked at Helms’ theory of white racial identity and delved into minority racial identity before setting them loose with other models of identity as well. All of this is done with the intention that students discover and learn more about how the concepts of race impact their lives and the lives of the people around them. It also helps to explain why people hold biases, and how to help each other think through those towards a more egalitarian mindset.


Our “avoiding-the-offspring-grunts-at-the-dinner-table” question of the week is: “How does your race affect your life?” This is a big, broad topic for all of us to explore, and continue to explore as we move through life. Expect this to be difficult and awkward for everyone. We actively encourage your students to embrace their discomfort around topics like this here at school, and it would be great if you could continue to push them and also lead by example outside of school. I know this can be hard to do, especially when you are exhausted after the work day. 


Cliff Shaw, Winterhaven School Counselor; cshaw1@pps.net

 

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