We are still coming up with a brand: What if we called them “eM” bracelets… for eMpathy and Marauders? It also spells “me” backwards which could translate as putting others before yourself. Let me keep thinking!!
How did the Maclay Visual Arts Team approach this idea? We took some time to brainstorm and prepare. We wanted an idea that would encompass the whole school and others in our community. Doing this at the same time as we try to build excitement for our new ceramics class in the Upper School. Below is our proposal.
Kim Daniel, Cathy Hicks, Kyle Maurey and Katilyn Dressel
In the area of innovation, the committee values proposals that establish new programs which will open up new avenues of learning and experience to our students: The Maclay Visual Arts Department wants to become a POSITIVE INSTIGATOR! We often associate the word “instigator” with someone “causing problems” when in reality instigators are simply those who rebel against the “status quo” that has been established or in this case allowed to persist or exist. Our society and country was founded on such enthusiastic instigators for change and if you feel as strongly about the improvement of the moral fabric of our society / “Maclay Culture” – that is why we want to become an instigator for positive change within our school community on and off of our campus. This small act of kindness might evolve into something much bigger. This may lead to larger initiatives down the road and instigating a change within our school, our area and our community. We want to promote opportunities for demonstrating Empathy.
- We want K-12 art students to make 2 clay bracelets (1 to keep and 1 to donate) *Demonstrating Empathy
- Would like to incorporate Random Acts of Kindness and the Character Education words / program to help build empathy in our students. As we lead by example, we want the bracelets to be donated to different programs. (Words can be on bracelet or card) Example ideas listed below:
- · Nurses that work with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients
- · Parents of children at Shands (maybe work with Dance Marathon)
- · Employees at nursing homes
- · Police Officer (wives)
- · Basically people who make a difference in our community
- · TMH NICU
- · *Each grade can have the power to choose where theirs goes / or group up based on choice. This will give the students more ownership in the process. Plus they might have thought of something that we didn’t.
- · We are open to suggestions on where to donate the bracelets. This can be an evolving process as the needs of our school community might deter where we donate and reach out.
- We feel like this is taking an idea that is old like a “friendship” bracelet and giving it a face lift to help mentor our students on the 6 pillars of Character Education: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship. As we create in class, these are topics that will be relevant on why we are doing this particular project.
- We will have an art student design a card that the bracelet will be attached to.
- We would like to deliver 25 to each venue that we see fit
- Card design will have a specific #hashtag and a Maclay Visual Arts Logo. #maclaycares
· Project: Making a clay bracelet to donate for a community crafts project
· Project Goal: To grow our ceramics program and raise awareness of empathy on campus
· Implementation: During Art class. We can tap into Advisory meeting and US grade level meetings. We can create a power point to show kids, faculty and board our intentions
· Management: Make sure an art teacher is at each event to help facilitate the process.
Describe how your project will promote one or more of these priorities.
The positive effects of kindness are experienced in the brain of everyone who witnessed the act, improving their mood and making them significantly more likely to “pay it forward.” This means one good deed in a crowded area can create a domino effect and improve the day of dozens of people! At the same time, we will be discussing Character Education in our classrooms.
Character Education Words:Honor, Leadership, Gratefulness, Kindness, Compassion, Responsibility, Determination, Courage, Confidence, Enthusiasm
- We spoke with Guidance Department on our idea and are willing to collaborate with them on this endeavor.
- We are willing to work with other clubs on campus in this effort to create a Positive Instigation Movement.
- ***Goal: Spending time looking for ways to express unconditional love towards other human beings by being creative, and imagining how crafting that connection with other souls will make you and them feel. As Elvis put it – “Walk a mile in my shoes before you criticize and abuse.” We want to promote opportunities for demonstrating Empathy.
- · Our overall theme for the Visual Arts in 2017-2018 can be Positive Instigators through the Arts
- · Generate Positive Energy throughout the community on and off campus
- · Lead by example
- · Reach out to others on campus, Guidance, Anchor Club, Key Clubs
- · We will be implementing our 3 Pillars of Education on campus: Visual arts being involved, teaching each individual kid and helping them be accountable citizens.
- · We will work together in vertical and horizontal alignment with our curriculums
- · Grow our ceramics program
When you participate in a random act of kindness, what you are doing, in essence, is giving and receiving love... Unconditional love, no strings attached, no feeling of obligation. When you are giving, you acknowledge the goodness in your life and the spiritual presence that is always at work, encouraging you to continue to connect with others, to give love and compassion without need of reward or recognition.
Random acts of kindness are feedback loops of positive energy creation. Helping others not only raises your vibration, but also, the vibrations of those you help and that of the entire human collective. Creating something unexpected and wonderful in someone else’s life, no matter how small, sets into motion a dramatic shift in a positive direction that can profoundly change lives. You can never really know how deep of an impact you’ve made in someone’s life...what you consider a little bit of kindness may just turn a person’s life completely around and give them hope for the future. The universe responds to these shifts by bringing more and more abundance to you, them, and everyone on the planet. Changing another’s reality through your actions has a ripple effect which changes the world.
Performing random acts of kindness makes you an example of what is possible. You become an inspiration, opening the awareness of others to their own potential. Most of us want our lives to inspire love in others. So for instance, when our children witness us doing good in the world, they are taught gratitude, compassion, love, and unity. Generations of individuals can learn from this that happiness is a choice, but you have to be open to it and take action to help spread it around. The world is evolving in such a way that requires each of us to take responsibility to create and grow positive energy any way we can. We are transforming the old ways into newer, lighter, more loving ways of being and living. The most important thing is to send your love out into the world no matter what form it takes.
- Language Arts: Define empathy as a class. Then ask students to identify characters in stories, novels, or plays that demonstrated empathy or could be described as empathic. Compare and contrast empathic levels across characters or thematic units.
- STEM classes: Introduce the design-thinking model for approaching a problem. Ask students to identify the “user” of the problem or product. Then, ask them to empathize with that user by identifying their thoughts, feelings, values, and worries. (See this resource and this one for a start!)
- Public Speaking: Any time you require a presentation, ask students to spend time empathizing with their audience. Who are they? What interests them? Then, ask students to use their skill of empathizing with the audience as they strategize the presentation, and develop the introductory hook to connect the topic to the audience.
- Behavior Management: When introducing behavioral expectations to students at the beginning of the year, define empathy and ask students to role-play different scenarios that can occur in the classroom. Ask them to brainstorm how empathy could change or shape those hypothetical scenarios to sustain a culture of caring, respect, and significance in the classroom.
- Read stories from the perspective of characters similar to your students. Ask your students to share their favorite literature, whether it aligns to the current curriculum, or not. This can remind teachers of the thoughts, perspectives, and worries influencing students every day. Middle and high school teachers: Read Young Adult literature. Elementary teachers: Read the books your students love from the classroom library. Be intentional about choosing diverse literature that reflects the diversity of your classroom.
- Follow a student schedule for a day. Or, if administration isn’t supportive of this, simply ask a student to list all the assignments they’ve completed before arriving in your classroom and what his or her schedule looks like after school. We must keep in mind that this applies to all students. Students in 2nd grade can be overwhelmed just as readily as high school students. Read what one adult learned when she dared to take this challenge.
- Survey students frequently. These surveys can use technology or not. Post-it notes and exit slips can be as informative as their digitized counterparts, Padlet and Google Forms. One of the most powerful questions a teacher can ask a student is this: “What’s one thing teachers should know about students?” or “What’s the most important thing I should know about you?” Either question can provide data to drive instruction with an empathic mindset. Whether we use high-tech or low-tech, other questions to survey students may include: What are your passions? What brings you anxiety in school? Whom do you admire? Teachers, keep these answers on file to reference when having a particularly trying time with students. Keep these answers private (unless the answers wander into mandated reporter territory), but reference them to help adopt a mindset of empathy for students. Here’s an example of a Google Forms survey for high school students at the beginning of the year.
We will post again for you to see how all of this will unfold.
As of now, we are in the process of branding, and working on our logo and hashtag
Our name is Maclay Artlets
Check out our planning stages on Pinterest
For just one hour
If we could find a way to get inside
Each other's mind
Instead of your ego
I believe you'd be, I believe you'd be surprised to see
That you've been blind
Walk a mile in my shoes
Yeah, before you abuse, criticize, and accuse
Walk a mile in my shoes…..
Purpose: To create and give these bracelets is a beautiful and simple reminder that you are loved and we care. (Character Education Implementation)