Jiggle Friday

As I was cycling around my neighborhood yesterday, I noticed two of the sakura trees had bloomed.  So of course I stopped, got off my bike, and snapped a picture.  And it was a great reminder of how even when the world feels like it is in chaos, we can still count on nature to reassure us

Go to the Mat!

There is a famous line in Francis Ford Coppolla's, 1972 Academy Award winning film "The Godfather", that says, "We go the mattresses".  This line was made famous again in Nora Ephron's 1998 romantic comedy, "You've Got Mail".  Essentially, "go to the mattresses" is an expression that means to prepare for battle.

Jiggle Friday!

Jiggle Friday is the practice of pausing in daily life to reflect on goodness and what invites gratitude. 

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Gossip
Cristina Varriale

In times of uncertainty, it is most important to be aware of gossip and how information is being communicated.  We have seen an incredible amount of disinformation regarding the Coronavirus outbreak being circulated around the internet. 

Over the course of this school year, Seisen International School students in middle and high school have been taking a deeper look at the IB Learner Profile attributes in both PSHE and advisory.  During the month of February, we reflected on the attribute of “Communicator”.  

Being a good communicator is essential for both academic and social/emotional success.  In Advisory, we used games and icebreakers to examine our knowledge of both verbal and nonverbal communication skills.  We talked about the importance of communicating listening through body language such as eye contact and head nods. We also looked at understanding body language as clues into a person’s affect.  

When it came to verbal communication, we talked about the need for clear, honest, and direct speech.  This is especially important in times of conflict or confusion. Unfortunately, most relationship issues begin with misunderstandings due to poor communication.  It is common practice for teenagers (and many adults) to talk about people when they are feeling hurt, angry, or upset instead of talking to the person with whom they are feeling hurt, angry, and upset.  This practice often leads to something incredibly damaging: gossip.

 

 

As you saw in the clip, when gossip is set out into the world it is impossible to take back.  This is especially true in today’s world due to ever-evolving technology and social media. One of the ways to combat gossip is to help our children learn how to communicate their feelings in clear and honest ways.  The best way to do this is through modeling that behavior ourselves. When we are feeling hurt, angry, or upset with our children, express it to them with I-Statements, for example, “I feel annoyed when I have to ask you more than once to put your phone away”, or “I feel frustrated when you and your sister argue at the dinner table”.  Try to also model this when it comes to disputes with your spouse, friends, and colleagues. Remember, children are always observing and learning from what they see modeled around them.

In times of uncertainty, it is most important to be aware of gossip and how information is being communicated.  We have seen an incredible amount of disinformation regarding the Coronavirus outbreak being circulated around the internet.  Even major media outlets can manipulate or sensationalize news for both political and economic purposes. For accurate information, it is best to stick with trusted sources such as the Centers for Disease Control https://www.cdc.gov/outbreaks/index.html or The World Health Organization https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019.

 

In an effort to assist students with their online learning, the focus of PSHE over the next few weeks will be on Digital Citizenship.  This will help remind students how to be safe and responsible online, as well as how to best stay connected and engaged with their friends, their classmates, their teachers, and their learning.  

Jiggle Friday

As I was cycling around my neighborhood yesterday, I noticed two of the sakura trees had bloomed.  So of course I stopped, got off my bike, and snapped a picture.  And it was a great reminder of how even when the world feels like it is in chaos, we can still count on nature to reassure us

Go to the Mat!

There is a famous line in Francis Ford Coppolla's, 1972 Academy Award winning film "The Godfather", that says, "We go the mattresses".  This line was made famous again in Nora Ephron's 1998 romantic comedy, "You've Got Mail".  Essentially, "go to the mattresses" is an expression that means to prepare for battle.

Jiggle Friday!

Jiggle Friday is the practice of pausing in daily life to reflect on goodness and what invites gratitude. 

Happy International Women's Day!

How many of you exist in an echo chamber?  How many of you are able to listen to a different, even dissenting perspective, without becoming defensive or taking it as a personal attack? What can you do to become more open-minded?

Wellness Wednesday

Practicing wellness is an integral part of staying healthy, so I wanted to offer some tips for both students and adults during this time.

Gossip

In times of uncertainty, it is most important to be aware of gossip and how information is being communicated.  We have seen an incredible amount of disinformation regarding the Coronavirus outbreak being circulated around the internet. 

Positive Discipline Tool of the Month: Mistakes

Children are incredibly aware of the world around them, and the messages they receive about mistakes- intentional or unintentional- are internalized. If we want our children to be gritty, resilient, risk-takers, we need to be teaching that mistakes are wonderful opportunities to learn. If we want our children to succeed, we need to teach them how to fail.  

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