Learning social skills and how to build relationships may not seem like something you learn at school, but it is one of the most important skills we teach at The Whole Learning School. Profiled here is a touching story about a scene that Teacher Sue McCrary (pictured above with recent grad, Nicole) recently observed.
Molly is a take-charge, agile kid who sometimes doesn’t notice that she is hurting someone else’s feelings. Ellie, on the other hand, is quieter and more reserved, and struggles with some motor skills.
Recently, while working independently at a math game that involves throwing darts at a dart board. Molly coached Ellie about how to shoot the darts more accurately. As a result, Ellie hit the board with the darts for the first time…and earned 10 bonus points for ultimately winning the dart game!
At the beginning of the year, Molly would not have been likely to help Ellie with the game. She may have teased her about missing the board, or she would have wanted to win the game…and the 10 bonus points for herself. But through the social skills lessons provided at The Whole Learning School, lessons that occur everywhere, every day… in the classroom, on the playground and at lunch… Molly learned how to feel empathy for another person. She also learned that she feels good about herself when she helps others. Now, in addition to better math skills, both girls have a new and growing friendship to enjoy.
Have you seen your child or another child struggle to learn how to build relationships? Do you have a question for one of our teachers? Do you have a cool story like the one above? If so, post it here.