An Emotional Day

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  1. MrsC

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    I spent all day today in our gym at school with all 120 of our grade 7 and 8 students, 30 high school mentors and 26 adults (staff and volunteer facilitators). The leaders of the program--from a local high school--took us through a series of games, activities and experiences designed to help to increase awareness of things like bullying, abuse, peer relationships and peer pressure, family relationships, making emotionally healthy choices, etc. It was, without a doubt, one of the most emotionally challenging and emotionally rewarding days I have ever had as a teacher. Students and teachers were open and honest; tears and hugs were the order of the day. We opened some painful wounds, heard apologies, and recognized that none of us are alone in challenges and pain in our lives. We learned that it's okay to reach out to others and that we have the power to make changes in our lives and in the lives of those around us. I'm exhausted, but so proud of our students. They are truly an amazing group.
     
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    Wow, that sounds like just what 7/8th graders need to hear and see!
     
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    Sounds like a great day MrsC!
     
  5. MsMar

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    Wow MrsC, that's really great.
     
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    Sounds like all schools need to have a day like that!!!!!! Wow!!!!
     
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    This sounds just like a show that was on TV for awhile. I think it was on MTV. I cannot for the life of me remember what it was called but it was exactly like what you're describing... games, activities, discussions, etc. aimed at reducing or eliminating those behaviors.

    I never could get through one of the episodes without a box of tissues nearby. That's so wonderful that your school got to participate in something so beneficial!
     
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    Wasn't the tv show called Challenge Day?
     
  9. MrsC

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    I'm sure it was. The program we participated in is an original one that is based on Challenge Day. (I didn't make it 2 hours without Kleenex!)
     
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    What a great experience it sound like for the kids and the teachers!
     
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    That sounds awesome! I wish we had something like that for our students.
     
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    Awesome day, MrsC.
     

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