Since the beginning of 2012, I have started a 4th grade girls group. Each week we discuss a different topic and how it effects us as girls. This past week, we talked about positive body image and how social media, and society in general distort what true beauty is. Here are some pictures I found that a group could use to talk about the differences between these pictures. Taylor Swift has changed so much, but is she really "more" beautiful in recent picture than the first pictures? Girls today are seeing such a distorted image of beauty; the number one reason to do a group like this, would be to empower these young women to be proud of who they are and what they do. I also showed them the DOVE campaign for real beauty. They were shocked to say the least!
When I planned for my day at my internship, the last thing I would have guessed that would pop into my life would be learning about culture in 2C. A second grade classroom took the time today to learn about the Chinese New Year. Parents from the Chinese culture brought in information, dragon costumes and more to help us understand how the holiday works and what unique events take place during their New Years celebration.
It got me thinking about cultural awareness and diversity. Some of the children had never held chop sticks while others were eating their dumplings with no problem at all. I would love to do a cultural awareness day and/or diversity day at the future school I work at, and would love some ideas for how to get the entire community involved.
Any advice on other holidays/events that the school could benefit from? What does your cultural day look like?
Instead of tossing all the New Year's Eve party hats, napkins, and banners out after the new year has begun, you might want to think about keeping them around for a few months! You can use the NEW YEAR banners for the start of the school year in the fall. As counselors, we want to promote a positive outlook at the beginning of the school. It can be helpful to have a theme to get the teachers, administration and staff ready for a brand new school year! The banners, posters, hangers, from your New Year's party could be used in the staff room, mailroom, or in the hallway as the teachers arrive in August to set up their rooms.
Enjoy the new year of 2012 but remember to Ring in the new year again in September with your staff!