domingo, 30 de abril de 2017

April 2017

 Hello everyone!
This month I will comment briefly the main topics we discussed in Social and Emotional Learning lessons. In Secondary section we reviewed resilience as an important value, not only related to our goals, but also with our well-being. After that, we introduced the concept of mindset, distinguishing between fixed and growth mindset and how these different approach can determinate how students face challenges in their lives.

Students learned the importance of not giving up and seeking new challenges through different class activities. They were totally engaged and they tried hard in order to get success. Sometimes frustration could appear but then they started to see obstacles with a growth mindset attitude, which kept them trying different solutions.

In Primary section we learned about cooperation and peaceful ways to solve conflicts, emphasizing “win-win” situations. Students understood how important is help each other and sharing if we want to reach our goals as a group. We played some cooperative games during the lessons as well as some roleplays to practice the new skills to handle conflicts.

I hope that all this set of new social and emotional abilities can help our students in the last part of the school year, right now when they need to show more resiliency, energy and effort. I am sure they will appreciate all they learned through this year and it will have a great impact in their way to perceive challenges.
Thank you all for your kind cooperation.

martes, 4 de abril de 2017

March 2017

Hello everyone!!
This month I would like first to refer to one important day we celebrated in our school in last month: International Women’s Day. The previous week students learned about the importance of gender equality and we mentioned facts such as there are millions of school girls who don’t have the possibility to go to school because they are girls and they are expected to take care of the domestic tasks, and many other terrible situations. Students made some charts to remember, not only the huge contributions of women in different areas in our lives, but also all the injustice related to women’s rights and opportunities around the World.

In SEL subject in Secondary section, we discussed some thinking traps which influence in our feelings and behavior, such as “dark glasses”, “fortune telling” or “binocular vision”. We also describe in which way we can foster a more positive thinking and reframe all our negative thoughts.

In Primary section, students had a good time practicing the scale of voice volume and learning how importance is listening for a good communication. Next month they will continue practicing their communication skills in the context of conflict resolution.

I’m glad to complete this first month of this second term, feeling proud of all students who showed such a good attitude and spirit during Science & Arts Exhibition, before, during and after the event.
Thank you all for your kind cooperation.