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Apology of Action

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Heather Leypoldt

on 20 February 2013

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Heather Leypoldt & Kaitlyn Brown Circle Time Puppets
Teaching Social Skills Apology of Action
and Literacy Children's Literature 3.I’m Sorry By: Sam McBratney
This book describes a friendship of a boy and girl who enjoy each other’s company and playing games together. However, this results in the two best friends getting into a fight and realizing the difficulty of saying “I’m sorry.”
4.Sorry I Forgot to Ask By: Julia Cook
RJ and Sam are not very truthful. At school they did not tell anyone they were walking home from school instead of taking the school bus. At home they used Dad’s computer without permission and much more. RJ’s Dad teaches him how to ask for permission and helps them learn how to make an appropriate apology to everyone. http://www.responsiveclassroom.org/article/genuine-apologies http://www.responsiveclassroom.org/article/apology-action-and-literacy 1.Sorry By: Trudy Ludwig
Charlie knows how to get away with a lot of things. His friend Jake learns that saying you are sorry is not always easy. Charlie tells his friend Jake to just apologize and it would all become better. So when the boys ruin a classmate’s science project they learn the real meaning of apology. If apology is done without any sincere meaning behind it will it really make the difference?
2.Martha Doesn’t Say Sorry By: Samantha Berger
Martha is very cooperative at school but does not know how to apologize when she does the wrong thing. We see specific consequences that Martha receives before she decides that she needs to make a change for the better. Apology of Action in the Classroom Genuine Apologies 5. Sneaky Weasel By: Hannah Shaw
Weasel is very sneaky and enjoys practical jokes and laughing at others. When he throws a party he doesn’t quite understand why no one shows up. Eventually he manages to send a heartfelt apologizes to everyone and ends up having a better party than expected.
6. Lively Elizabeth By: Mara Bergman
Elizabeth is very active and can be a handful sometimes her cheerfulness starts a reaction that she cannot control. One day when she pushes one of her peers it leads to bigger trouble. This eventually leads to a major apology.
7. Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie By: Laura Rankin
Ruthie finds a camera on the playground at school. Her classmate Martin comes overs and tells her that it is his camera. She says that it is hers. Martin tells the teacher but Ruthie still tells the teacher it is her camera. When she gets home from school she feels sick to her stomach and knows she did the wrong thing. The next day at school she apologizes and tells the teacher and Martin the truth that the camera did not actually belong to her. 8.Zach Apologizes By: William Mulcahy
When Zach pushes his little brother to the ground he realizes he needs to apologize but doesn’t quite know how; even though he thinks his brother deserved being pushed. His mother teaches him the four different steps to apologize 1. Saying what he did 2. Saying how the other person may have felt. 3. Saying what he could have done and lastly making it up to the person he hurt. Using persona puppets to talk with children about their problems is a very valuable tool
Puppets allow young children to think about solutions to conflicts and are a great way for children to explore their feelings
Puppets can also support anti-bias curriculum efforts and introduce feeling words, such as sad, mad, and frustrated
Plan a puppet story similar to the situation
1. Identify the problem
2. Talk about feelings
3. Ask about solutions (a teacher may suggest a solution, if necessary)
4. Talk about all solutions
5. Agree on a solution
6. Follow through Learning to give and receive apologies is a complex social skill
Time to cool off before trying to fix the problem. So often we feel pressured to resolve conflicts right away that we skip this important step
ex)“Tony, it looks like your words were hurtful . . . walk ahead to our first stopping point and wait while I check in with Joshua.” Then to Joshua: “It looks like your feelings were hurt. When we get down to the playroom, we’ll work on fixing this
Children need specific coaching in giving a genuine apologies and help with seeing the effect of their actions
They often need help with finding the right words to apologize
children need a repertoire of phrases for receiving an apology, something other than “it’s okay” Students learn how to take responsibility when they hurt someone, how to manage themselves and their relationships, how to understand conflict and reconciliation in fiction, and how fiction connects to their own lives
Laying the groundwork
children articulate their hopes and dreams for what they will learn during the school year. Then teachers help them devise rules that will make the classroom a safe environment. Next, teachers discuss with children what will happen when they forget or choose not to live by the rules
Fixing physical messes
Children first learn to apply “you break it, you fix it” to physical messes: If you knock someone’s block tower down, you help rebuild it. If you spill milk, you clean it up.
Fixing emotional messes
Teachers next introduce apology of action, an extension of the “you break it, you fix it” concept, to help children mend emotional and relationship messes. Children learn how to ask for and make an apology of action that is realistic, respectful, and relevant to the hurtful situation
A better way to manage behavior
Instead of making children feel bad about their actions and themselves, apology of action helps children learn to solve problems while giving them a dignified way to rejoin the community Handout
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