It is so important to create a school culture that embraces and celebrates diversity to ensure ALL of our students feel a sense of belonging.
According to the University of Rhode Island, diversity is about “understanding each student brings unique experiences, strengths, and ideas to our classroom. Diversity is the exploration and incorporation of these differences to enrich learning in our classrooms.”
Friendships are a great way to introduce and understand the concept of diversity. Within Friendship Fact #2: Every Friendship is Different, students learn that their friendships are different because we are different. No two friendships are the same and, therefore, require a different approach. What works in one friendship, might not work in another.
Within Friendship Fact #3: Trust & Respect are the Most Important Qualities in a Friendship, children learn what those attributes look like in-action. We teach kids that respect means we honor our friend’s thoughts, feelings, and opinions…EVEN IF our thoughts, feelings, and opinions are different. We honor, accept, and embrace who they are. A healthy friendship has a strong foundation of trust & respect.
Inspired by an activity done at a Cultural Diversity event at St Margaret’s Anglican Girls’ School (Brisbane, QLD, Australia), this lesson links our Friendship Facts to conversations around diversity and inclusion.