In the first Kindness Campaign lesson of September students learned how to make friends in middle school and were able to try out different conversation starters with their peers. The second lesson focused on managing friendships. Friendships can change during middle school and sometimes there are difficult friendship situations during these changes. This lesson taught students about these difficult situations and the best method of handling their friendships.
The month of October is National Anti-bullying month. The first lessons students were taught is how to be an upstander against bullying, not a bystander. Students are encourages to speak up when they see bullying happen at school and on social media. The second lesson was titled "Think Before you Speak" and taught students about the importance of kind words. They learned that sometimes their slang terms can be offensive and others words to use in place of those slang terms. October 24 was Unity day at DPMS. Students were encouraged to wear orange to show that we are united agains bullying. Every student made a pledge against bullying and created a kindness goal for the year. WE linked these goals together through the halls to show that DPMS is UNITED against bullying.
The first Kindness lesson in November was about stress management. Stress can cause students to feel upset, sad, or angry which can result in them treating others differently. The lesson went through many different methods of managing stress. If students can manage their stress they can become happier and healthier which has a positive effect on their environment. The second lesson was titled "Let's be Kind" and focused on consideration. Students learned to remember that their words and actions can have an effect on other people.
Decembers kindness lesson focused on Positive Coping Skills. As students grow up, they gain many more responsibilities which can be difficult for them to manage. As they go through these learning experiences, they will need to learn different types of coping skills. If students can start to create good coping habits, life will be easier as they manage their new responsibilities.