Friendships here and there
In March all of the teachers and assistants at IICS attended the CEESA conference here in Istanbul. Our library assistants Lindsey Paze and Dina Abizaid, along with our Primary Councilor Vivian Huizenga went to a workshop about Librarians and Councilor collaboration. This workshop looked at how the students benefit when the librarian and councilor work together on specific lessons. It was called Meeting the Social-Emotional Needs of Elementary School Students through Library and Counseling Collaboration and was presented by by Rebecca Battistoni and Laura Giosh-Markov from Anglo-American School of Sofia.
We thought we would try to do this with our primary students over one week just before the end of the school year. We wanted to focus on saying goodbye – something we seem to do so much at this time of year in International Schools. We used Deborah Underwood’s book Bad bye, Good bye as a prompt to discuss the emotions that go with having to leave your home and start afresh in a new location.
We found our students were very willing to talk about their previous experiences and to share their feelings about farewells they were experiencing right now. Teachers and parents gave us feedback as to how valuable these sessions were to their students.
We plan to continue exploring this collaborative relationship next year. We hope to focus on the IB attitudes taking about 8 or 9 of them over one year. As students will be in new classes and forming new friendships we will start with empathy. We will be blogging about this – watch this space…