During the 2017-18 school year, we will be engaging in several actions to explore our empathy language at Byng. Each month, two buddy classes host a sharing assembly where we will be focusing on two of our "I feel..." words. The student will be actively engaging in describing what these words mean to them through representation using loose parts, drama activities, art and literacy. These assemblies are open to our entire school community and it is exciting to welcome our families. At our assemblies, we also read out a droplet from each classes bucket and thank give students the chance to thank each other for their kind actions. We are also fortunate to have an outstanding library full of books that bring our empathy language to life. Each class is working alongside our librarian to read selections together and provide time to talk and debrief as as class community.
Over the course of the school year, the students and staff will be collecting photos, videos, and artifacts that showcase our growth and learning about empathy. We will share some of these here on our website! At the end of the year, we plan to survey students about how the language relates to their day to day experience at Byng and ask for their feedback for next year.