Ocassionally, You Have to Brag!

18 May

Michael Jascz: Suspension Rates at a Washington School Drop 85%: Does Kindness Play a Role?.

I’m proud of the work that’s been done at Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, Washington. My younger sister works at the Health Clinic that is a part of the school. Their guiding mission is clear–treat students with empathy and provide them with the tools they need to succeed.

Read the article and answer:

How do you feel about Principal Sporleder’s approach to using the “F-Word” in school?

3 Responses to “Ocassionally, You Have to Brag!”

  1. Karen L. May 21, 2012 at 11:19 am #

    Sporleder’s approach to this student’s use of the expletive was like letting go of the rope during a tug-of-war, then helping the other person up by offering him a hand. I was particularly interested in the use of the word “empathy” in this article. My daughter did her graduate practicum on encouraging empathy in elementary students. Looking over her research, it became clear that a lack of empathy “the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes” is a large problem in many schools. Her project with fifth grade students led to some interesting results.
    Many people still believe that a child is there to be molded, sometimes by strict and rigid rules with no explanation and no exceptions. I believe we are in a unique position, as educators, to help children emerge as caring, considerate and capable citizens who gain compassion for others through their own learning process. Bringing out the best in our students, academically, socially and emotionally is a big responsibility. I applaud those like Sporleder and Drew’s sister for recognizing that kindness does, indeed, matter.

  2. Mary Lou Donahoe May 18, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    This is very true. When people have suffered trauma its difficult to know how to react and it activates the “fight, flight or freeze” response.Also it creates post traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) which triggers the behaviors. When the brain is so stressed out there’s an excessive amount of cortisol that prevent children from learning. I also like how they help the children understand their emotions and teach the vocabulary to describe them so they can express themselves and ask for help. Punishment alone is not enough, we need to explain why the behavior is inappropriate and give them the tools so they can handle their own shortcomings. Excellent article. Thank you!

  3. Candace May 18, 2012 at 10:46 am #

    Another good one. It is true so many students, children, and many adults are unable to process their own emotions. It is so important to have that chance to work through and understand frustrations, fears, and insecurities in order to really know oneself. I applaud the Lincoln School for their acknowledgement of the trials and tribulations of everyday living. Kudos for helping young people process, work through it, and develop the skills to overcome life’s challenges!

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