I am Special

“I am Special – Self-Esteem/Well Being”
Inquiry Question:  Where does my self-esteem come from?  How can we support others to recognize their possibilities?
This powerful workshop, for teachers of grades 3-6, will give you tools to address the well being of your students, in particular with self-esteem.  You will experience engaging strategies to enable students to discover our natural inclination to judge ourselves through the eyes of others.  You will explore your role as characters in a village and discover how to discern messages that may be important to allow into your heart and those that are not.  The discussions that follow a role-play activity are profound, as students make connections to their own lives, other texts and the world.  Empathy is developed while concrete strategies for dealing with self-esteem issues are explored. Learn concrete ways to support others through listening and moving on after “failure.”  A handout of the student unit will be provided.
Key Messages
1.    I judge myself and others all the time
2.    Peoples’ body language reveals how they are feeling
3.    “Making things right” improves our self-esteem
4.    We have the tools to support others
Major Benefits
·      Recognize avenues to generate positive self talk
·      Learn a strategy for “really listening” to another
·      Practice a strategy for “making it right”
·      Students will take risks in class as the emotional safety in the classroom                  becomes top notch
Turn around your school through embodied learning. Contact Margaret Boersma at mboersma@rogers.com or 647 881-6958.