...and not just any superheroes--SOCIAL EMOTIONAL SUPERHEROES! We have everything from 2 Captain Compassions, an Empathy Gang, Walk-in-your-shoes Boy, Gratitude Girl and even a Meditation Man. Even though we display all of these qualities every day of the year, we thought it would be fun (and meaningful) to dress the part for Halloween. Today we'll be installing giant artistic infographics in our school that inform people about social emotional health. Don't know what an infographic is? Well here are a few digital examples:
As we reflect back on our 2-weeks of social emotional exploration, it's hard to remember where our bodies and brains used to be. What they used to not know. How they used to react. We promise to post more about our conference agenda in the upcoming week, but we've been too busy talking, feeling, and creating to catch up on the buzz. Also: Look forward to our documentary that's currently in production. We can't give away any details yet...it's super-top-secret! While the conference has come to an end, our knowledge will stay with us--we will spread empathy and continue to change the world one day at a time.
After watching Dr. Hanson's talk on rewiring our brains, we have now begun something that we like to call "train the brain." Basically, we are meditating by focusing on positive thoughts like happiness, joy, being cared about, and compassion. Here are some pictures of us training our brains!
We can already feel the effects of our train the brain process. Here are some scholars' insights on how they feel about the meditative exercise...
After day 2:
"The feeling of happiness flowed over my body." -Imaan
"It didn't feel like anything was bad. I wasn't stressed or mad. And it still feels that way." -Kaiden
"I feel like everybody loves me in the world." -Jahvien
"I felt like I was in the moment. I just felt relaxed and calm." -Felipe
"I felt as if I was in my own space." -Anthony
"I felt like someone in the world loved me." -Makayla
"I felt like I was happy, but at the same time my brain was happy." -Chloe
"I felt safe in my body." -James H.
"I felt untouchable because no one or nobody can stop you from feeling your emotions." -James S.
After Day 3:
"It felt nice to my brain. It felt rested." -Eusebio
"My brain is focused on positive things." -NC
"I've been able to lay back and concentrate on my feelings." -Elias
"I feel focused right now." -Karl
"I feel hopeful in my brain. I like how it absorbed that feeling." -Evan
"I feel a lot more expressed." -Kaiden
"In the past few days, all of my bad memories just flew away."
"The happier I feel it becomes more amazing." -Felipe
"The feeling for me has gotten bigger." -Matthew
"Today it felt really good cause my brain knows what to do to think about these feelings. It's been through these three days and now it knows how to work like that better." -Noah
"I felt like all the little red balls of negativity [refer to Hanson's TEDtalk] were like baseballs that I was just hitting out of the park."
We're only on day 3 of our Body vs Brain conference and it seems that Ms. Smith knew all along that the brain and body work together. We've been learning about the brain and our emotions by watching and listening to parts of TEDtalks, TEDeds, and podcasts like Two Guys on Your Head. If you want to be a part of our learning journey, you can do so by checking out pieces of these talks. Come on...become social emotional experts with us!
the Hive Society
We are the class of 2024 at Cunningham Elementary, and we. are. super. scholars.