Following September’s theme of Understanding of Self, October’s U-CREATE theme is Engagement. As part of an exploration into how we engage with the world around us, students in Nursery to Grade 8 read What’s My Superpower? by Aviaq Johnson. The book explores a child’s journey in finding one’s superpower and learning that her superpower is making people feel good about themselves. Not only are students reading the book and thinking about the themes in Chapel, but they are exploring the idea of superpowers further in their individual classrooms. In a Nursery classroom, guest reader Erica Thompson, Assistant Head of School for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, discussed how we all have superpowers like being able to help out a friend, share a book, or sit still while we hear a story.
Did you know that for the past few years, each Book of the Month has had a bulletin board created by Lower School Administrative Coordinator Trissy McHenry and Erica Thompson? The visually engaging boards remind students of the powerful messages in each book. This month, students have been invited to add their own superpowers to the board through drawing and writing. Classes have been encouraged to take field trips to read about other community members’ powers and add their own to the shared space.
In a Grade 2 classroom, students enjoyed a SEEDS activity during a Morning Meeting. The slide posed this challenge: A toy company is making your action figure. What two accessories does it come with? Excited students suggested Design Time would be a perfect place to create these items. To extend their thinking, students interviewed each other to explore a classmate’s superpowers and kryptonite. After practicing empathy and listening to their classmates, they designed a representation of a tool to enhance their partner’s superpowers and another tool to protect their partner from the effects of kryptonite.
In Middle School, students created superhero capes as they explored the following prompts: Identify superhero traits that you currently see in the world. Identify superhero traits you think the world needs. Identify superhero traits you wish to develop in order to bring about change for good in the world. Following the activity, students participated in a gallery walk, exploring the ideas of their classmates. Students considered what traits they would like to add to their own capes and discussed how they might grow these superhero traits in themselves.
We are excited to see SEEDS growing in our community in so many division-appropriate ways, engaging students in self-reflection, community connections, and diverse ways of showing their thinking.