This year, the Junior School staff have been exploring a new social and emotional learning program called “Play is the Way.” The program uses a common language for teachers and students, and games to encourage students to be self-reflective and to grow personally and socially so that they become mindful of their own behaviour. The program also speaks considerably about empathy for others and how to be a positive member of a community.
Two of the words used regularly are ‘brave’ and ‘strong’. Brave students tackle problems and seek solutions. Strong students make strong decisions which are helpful for themselves and others.
Play is the Way has 6 elements, the first being ‘Life Raft’ which has 5 key concepts and they are-:
I share these with all parents because you may start hearing this language at home and you may want to back up our work in your family discussions. Last term, we attempted “treat others as you would want them to treat you” and some fascinating conversations occurred. Students easily grasped a kind person treating another kind person positively but some students grappled with what a person should do when being treated badly. If we take the concept, “treat others as you would like them to treat you” literally, some students really start to think about the cycle of ongoing nastiness which can occur between children. They began to consider the fact that if they did not want to be treated badly, then they could not treat another person badly no matter the circumstances. In terms of our faith, Jesus taught us to forgive and ‘turn the other cheek’ so whilst I do not endorse passivity or a weak response, I do suggest that a passive resistance can be powerful. I would be interested in your thoughts about this – please email them or let me know when I see you about the school.
If you have any questions about our new social emotional program in the school, you may like to visit the website https://playistheway.com.au/
Head of Early and Junior Years.