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Bonding

 

How does your class work as a team? 

In this section your class can start to sort out how they will work together. Don't spend too long on this bonding section, you want lots of time to plan and do your project.

 

 

Respect

 

Class challenge 

As a class, work out what is meant by the idea of respect. Appoint a student to run a discussion.  If the discussion gets out of hand, the teacher should step in and suggest ways the discussion can be improved by modifying student behaviour. Another student could write notes on the board.  

  • How are people in the classroom respected? 
  • How can everyone have a say without being interrupted or criticised?
  • How do students speak and communicate to people outside the classroom respectfully, eg. adults in the community?
  • When someone only wants to work with their friends, why is this disrespectful to the rest of the class? 
    Do not use names. Do people in the class say nasty things to or about other people in the class.? Yes or No? Is everyone in the class prepared to promise to speak about everyone else respectfully? 
    Are there any other things about respect students want to talk about?

The teacher should now discuss if and how the student discussion could have been improved to show greater respect. 

 

Role-play

 

What is the best way to work with people? Listening to others, respecting other people's point of view, having to compromise and being able to clearly communicate your point of view all go together. 

In this role-play 

  1. There is a family with two children,
  2. One of the children has been asked by a parent to do a job. 
  3. The parent has said that both children should do it.
  4. The job is to vacuum floors and sweep some paths.  
  5. The child that has not been directly asked is busy doing other things that they think are more important.

Divide the class into four groups. Each group will design a role-play in which the children have different roles. What is said is what might be expected in any household (i.e. no threats of violence) 

  1. Younger child uses threat of adult's authority to obtain older child's cooperation.
  2. Younger child tries to get older child's cooperation through negotiation. 
  3. Older child uses threat of adult's authority to obtain younger child's cooperation.
  4.  Older child tries to get younger child's cooperation through negotiation. 

Once completed, make a list of which behaviours were:

  • Fair and reasonable by the child wanting to convince the other child.
  • Not reasonable by the child wanting to convince the other child.
  • Not fair or reasonable by the child that was being asked for help.

What has the class learnt about getting other people's cooperation? 

 

My confidence

 

  • How confident do you feel? 
  • What is confidence?
  • When talking to people, how can you be confident without being rude? 
  • When doing something, what is the difference between being confident and reckless?
  • How would a confident driver be different to a reckless driver?

A very important part of doing a project is to increase your confidence in yourself.

Download the 'My Confidence Rating Tool'. If you wish to, make your own or make changes to the downloaded tool.

The tool has ten examples of where you would need to have confidence. Each example has three choices from which to pick. Choose one of the three choices. Each choice has a score. Give yourself a mark out of 30 for confidence. Keep your confidence tool and score. You can repeat the confidence tool when your project has been completed to find out how much additional confidence you have gained. 

 

Responsibility

 

Your class is about to decide on a project, plan the project and then do it. 

There is no point in your class doing a project if they can't promise to do their best to make sure the project is successful. How can your class be responsible? What do you need to do? 

Make a list of things your class needs to do to be responsible.

Below are some ideas that might help your class with their list:

  • safety
  • doing jobs on time
  • working in teams
  • completing assessment requirements on time
  • respecting others
  • informing others
  • obtaining support and permission. 

 

Reflection

You are about to start on a project with the rest of the class. 

Take some time to think and then write down:

  • Two things you have learnt so far.
  • Two ways you would like to improve yourself. 
  • Two reasons why people should like you.

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