ACCEPTING DIFFERENCES

Last week, Mrs. Milligan had the pleasure of spending time in Mrs. Derrick's sixth grade classes during our late start day. We learned about the significance of understanding differences and acknowledging the importance of accepting others. They shared some characteristics they look for in a friend and why those qualities are important and help us feel comfortable. We then discussed "first impressions" and how we can make assumptions about people based on how they look, dress, or act. The students did a wonderful job of describing how they felt when someone made an assumption about them. We ventured into identifying different stereotypes we see around us and how they can be hurtful and inaccurate. The students talked about the saying "don't judge a book by its cover" and the need to get to know someone before we decide what kind of person they are and how we will treat them. By the end of class, the students shared that it doesn't matter that we are all different and it doesn't make one person better than anyone else. They left thinking about the "Golden Rule" and the positive environment they want to see here at LGMS.