We wore orange for the day and donated a gold coin for our World Vision sponsor child.
On Friday the 18th of March we celebrated Harmony Day. Australia usually celebrates this event on the 21st of March, but as Friday was also National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence our school combined the two special days.
Our class is a great example of a huge mixture of cultures coming together.
The theme for Harmony Day this year is Diversity is Our Strength.
We discussed what we thought diversity is and agreed that while we are all very similar, we are also quite different and that was a good thing, because through these differences there is a lot to learn.
One of Ellen’s favourite Harmony Day posters is the map of Australia made by many different Australians.
We looked back at our identity paintings and realised that we were very much the same as the poster. We all have different interests, experiences and worries.
As we work in teams with very different people, the challenge is always to bring harmony when working together. How do you keep a team working well? The students were unanimous in declaring that respect was the key.
Being respectful in the way you speak to classmates is always helpful. However, sometimes when there’s lots of things to discuss or we have to make exciting decisions, we may forget to stop and think before we say something. We may speak in away that isn’t respectful, so we need to think about how we say things and how our comments may affect people.
Suggestive Language vs Bossy Language
We have been learning to use suggestive language when we have an idea or when we want to share our thinking. We use words like How about, or what do you think about, or why not…., maybe we should…
When we hear words like I’m going to, or we will do it this way, or I know, we will….. your going to and he’s doing…it sounds like someone is a boss and bossy language doesn’t help teams work together. Sometimes this kind of talk leads to arguments, which is never the best way to decide something.
We found that using suggestive language made it easier to negotiate because everyone’s ideas are heard. That way the team feels better and decisions are made quicker. It’s also a great way to build stronger ideas because team members can add their ideas on to others.
One person is clever but not as much as all of us put together.
Things to think about
Have you tried to use suggestive language?
When for which task?
How has negotiating helped your team?