Student Contributor: Lara Creighton
It helps students understand empathy and to be kind to others because we don’t always know what others may be going through.
This tool is called roses and thorns and it would be something I would do at the beginning of the year every Friday. I would have a roses side and a thorns side up on the whiteboard. The prompt would be put one thorn of the week (not-so good thing) and and rose (happy thing.) This is an anonymous way for students to just get their stressed and anxieties out because it is incredibly important for students to know its out to share emotions. I would remind students that they can come to me at anytime if they would like to talk about their roses or thorns and that this is a safe environment.
I put this tool in the preventative phase because I feel like if you allows your students to have a voice whether it be anonymous or not your students are going to respect you. Giving students that power takes away from the teacher over student dynamic, it creates a safe learning space there for everyone.
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Tool Source: Mentor Teacher