We just met a ton of passionate teachers from Kindergarten to Grade 12 representing students from Special Education, ESL, Gifted and French Immersion at DPCDSB’s Summer Institute.
It was an amazing opportunity to share the Who Is NOBODY? Program and how it supports setting students up for success, as highlighted in the Principle Connections Magazine distributed by The Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario.
Top 5 Questions asked at Dufferin-Peel Catholic DSB
Below are the Top 5 questions we were asked:
- How does it impact my students?
Students are surrounded by confusing messages about how to build self-esteem. Who Is NOBODY? supports young people in discovering their strengths and using them to help others. Then they have a first hand experience in building respect that is earned and lasting.
- Is Who Is NOBODY? easy to set up?
The program is implemented by DVD so there’s no workshop or teacher preparation. Then it’s self-running over the school year and reusable.
- When do I start the program?
The program can start as late as March. but teachers often implement Who Is NOBODY? in September as a back to school ice breaker.
- What curriculum does the program support?
Who Is NOBODY? is cross-curricular and flexible. It can tie-into everything you are already doing including:
- The Arts
- Health Education
- Information Technology
- Character Education
- Safe Schools (Bullying Prevention)
- Equity and Inclusive Education
- Social Justice
- Current Events
- French Immersion
- Special Education
- K to 12
- How does it work?
See the video that follows!
A new school year is full of possibilities
Best Wishes to all teachers, students and their families as we prepare for a new school year. It is a chance to challenge ourselves to invite people who look lonely to join us at recess, ask questions about subjects that make us curious and overcome challenges by understanding each one helps us figure out who we are.
Below is a poem that I love. It offers a great outlook for the 2012 – 2013 School Year:
To laugh is to risk appearing a fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out for another is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings is to risk rejection.
To place your dreams before the crowd is to risk ridicule.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To go forward in the face of overwhelming odds is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is risking nothing at all.
The person who risks nothing, has nothing, is nothing.
He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he cannot learn, feel, change, grow or love.
Chained by his certitudes, he is a slave.
He has forfeited his freedom.
Only a person who takes risks is free.
Change starts with kids.