During our class meeting we talked about:
- personal space
- respecting people's personal boundaries
- good touching/bad touching
- #metoo (we did not go into detail; everyone seemed to be somewhat familiar with the hashtag & we talked about it in terms of people being disrespected)
- why 4th grade girls might be more sensitive to "pretend CPR" than 4th grade boys
- stop–go-tell: If anyone ever treats you in a way that makes you feel unsafe or uncomfortable, say STOP loudly & assertively, GO (leave the area/situation), and TELL someone immediately.
Earlier in the week we had had other discussions about respecting people's belongings–how it is never okay to just take someone's hat or shoe to be funny. We've also talked about self-expression–the choice to wear clip-on tails or pom-pom headbands.
As the "talking eye ball" was passed around the circle for discussion, kids agreed with each other about a key point: We can admire someone's fluffy tail, pom-pom headband, curly hair, fuzzy sweater, cool hat, ________ (fill in the blank), without touching. My absolute favorite comment: "Why do we need to touch the fluffy pom-pom? We all know what fluffy feels like."
This class continues to wow me with how they listen to each other and tackle sensitive issues with compassion, kindness, and aplomb.