I conjured up the title of this week’s post, “Catch My Drift”, as I thought about our theme of empathy and the empathetic habits, particularly our focus habit for this month. To be sure, our BCS Moral Compass is our touchstone and always our main focus as a way of being within our community, and Empathy is our annual theme this year at BCS as we focus on a different empathetic habits each month. As a reminder, our Moral Compass is a tool used to provide moral direction. Our 3 E’s that surround the compass (Education, Environment, Each Other) are the Values by which we live at BCS. The words in the middle (Positive Attitude, Respect & Kindness, Honesty & Integrity, Responsibility & Accountability) are the action steps to accomplish living into our 3 E’s. Ultimately, the compass, used as a metaphor, is set to a right angle to represent doing the right thing. As it is an “old fashioned” tool, our Moral Compass shows timeless values!
With December upon us, our yearlong focus on Empathy moves into our December focus on one particular habit from Dr. Michele Borba’s 9 Habits of Empathetic Children. Since, Empathetic People Understand the Needs of Others, let’s focus this month on helping our students improve in “catching others’ drift”. To instill this habit of understanding the needs of others, we want to stretch perspective taking abilities and Theory of Mind so children can step into others’ shoes to understand another person’s feelings, thoughts, and views. Let’s check out some movie clips to see how characters do in showcasing this habit of “understanding the needs of others.”
Toy Story – Buzz Lightyear Arrives…Check out Buzz as he shares his perspective of this new world and how woody Woody shares his. How might you rewrite this scene with either of the characters showing them better understanding the needs of the other?
The Big Bang Theory – Sheldon’s First Date…Check out how Amy tries to understand Sheldon’s perspective, albeit with a huge dose of sarcasm, “Please pass the butter”. How might you rewrite this scene with Amy understanding the needs of Sheldon?
The Incredibles – Check out “Edna’s Pep Talk”…How might you rewrite this scene with Edna understanding rather than lecturing?
The Incredibles – Edna’s Mode Ensemble (longer scene from the above video)… How is Edna understanding the needs of Jack and the suit she is making for him?
Enjoy having a little fun with these!