Ask your staff to think about the last time they chose to help someone. Who did they help? What influenced them to help that person? Turn and Talk with a partner.
Listen to the video or read the article NY Times Video Little Things are Big. After the video, ask staff what perceptions impacted the actions of Jesus Colon?
Hand out the article What Makes People Want to Help Others. Using the protocol Stop and Say Something, have staff read the article and stop at predetermined places to share their thoughts in their A,B partnerships.
Have partners share out using Merry Go Round at their tables. Use a non-volunteerism protocol to have groups share out with everyone (Roll ‘Em, Pick a Stick).
Think about this idea of who we choose to help as it relates to our school. Who are the parents that we are willing to give the benefit of the doubt to? Who are the parents we assume are doing their best for their children? Which student gets a pass on a comment in class? Which students do we just say, “Please walk” to in the hall, and which students do we pull aside and lecture about running in the hall?
Our subconscious makes connections that we don’t even know we are making. We have to be aware of how we make those connections and stop and think about our perceptions and how they are impacting our actions.
This week, take a moment to stop and think before calling out to students in the hall for behavior, or in class for making comments. Notice how we are talking about parents with other staff. Notice what your first thought is, and reflect on where that is coming from. Practice moving beyond that first thought and try reacting differently to the situation. What will the response be from the students? From other staff?