What do you do to make people feel welcome?

May 25, 2007

 

This is an awesome video with a great message. Basically, the short video describes how kids can feel bullied and left out in school. Here are a few of the lyrics (words) from the song:

You don’t know what it’s like to be hurt, to feel lost, to be left out in the dark. To be on the edge of breaking down and no one’s there to save you. No you don’t know what it’s like… welcome to my life.

I think that the writers of the song (Simple Plan) hit home on the fact that there are a lot of kids and adults in this world who don’t feel included, feel bullied, and have no one to talk to about their problems.  The video mentions that 100,000 (that’s right, I said 100,000!!!) kids drop out of school every year because they DON’T FEEL COMFORTABLE IN SCHOOL!

My question to you (and if you’re in my class, you know that I always have a question) is what do you do to make people in your school feel included? What about on the athletic field? Do you work as a team? Is there someone that you think might not feel included while at school? What are YOU going to do about this?


Happy New Year!

January 4, 2007

With the changing new year, many people make new year’s resolutions. One of my new year’s resolutions is to play more basketball and read more books on bettering myself as a teacher. I know what the kids in my class are saying,”but Mr. Fowler… you couldn’t possibly be a better teacher; we love school!” Well, thanks kids, but I could always use more practice!

Although we have not talked a lot about new year’s resolutions, I was wondering what type of resolutions you might have. However, I don’t want to hear about how you want to do more homework in 2007 (don’t worry… I’ll make sure you do), or how you want to treat your brother better, or even how you want to buy Mr. Fowler MSU basketball tickets. I want to know what you can do in 2007 in order to have great character.

What are some small things you can do on a daily basis to be a better person? Perhaps you might want to help your friend in school with his times table, maybe you want to hold the door for a friend or teacher, or perhaps you want to shovel a neighbor’s driveway whenever it decides to snow. I invite you to post your ideas here. Maybe you might be able to inspire other people with your ideas!


First Impressions

November 17, 2006

In Sign of the Beaver we read read about Matt’s first impression of Attean. Matt’s first impression wasn’t that great, but neither was Attean’s of Matt. However, we are slowly seeing Matt and Attean warm up to each other and become friends.

Have you ever had an incorrect first impression of someone and they turned out to be a great friend? How do you think waiting to see who someone really is will help you become a better person?


Flexibility

November 3, 2006

Well… since I am not the phys. ed. teacher, it is pretty clear that the flexibility I am talking about here does not involve stretching! Flexibility is the ability to change your schedule in order to help or accommodate others.

One example of flexibility from my life involves my student teaching. Last year in East Lansing I had a tough time remembering to do the lunch count and often forgot! One day, I completely forgot and the kids in my class were going to have to eat sandwiches for lunch (which they thought would be horrible… I like sandwiches, what’s the problem with them?). So, I decided to be flexible and buy pizza for the entire class. We ended up having a great mini-pizza party and the kids didn’t have to eat the horrible sandwiches.

Have you ever changed your schedule or helped someone even when you were busy? How did it make you feel? What did the other person say to you afterwards? Most importantly… do you like sandwiches? 


Boldness

October 20, 2006

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines Boldness as, “courageous, intrepid, adventurous, free (a~thinker).” It also notes that “brave and valiant” are synonyms of the word “bold”. Basically, boldness means that saying what you believe is the right thing to do.

We have all heard the story of Rosa Parks standing up for what she believed in on that bus in Montgomery. Her decision to be bold changed the lives of many Americans. It is scary to think where our country would be today if Rosa Parks decided to be fearful of the racist bus driver instead of standing up for what she believes in.

Has there ever been a time when you have been bold? Perhaps you stood up for what you believed in and it helped others or yourself. Has this ever happened to you?


Teamwork

October 6, 2006

Yesterday we spoke with Mrs. Chase about teamwork. Some of you mentioned that teamwork involved working with others and compromising. What was your definition of teamwork? Have you ever been involved with a successful team? If so, when? How did it make you feel? Have you ever been a part of an unsuccessful team? If so, why do you think it was unsuccessful?


Availability

September 29, 2006

Availability is making yourself available to others in order to help them. Have you ever changed your schedule to help others? Perhaps, you have helped your brother or sister with his or her homework or changed your schedule to help your parents. What do you think about changing your schedule to help others?