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9
Sep

Global Dignity Day 2016

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…students learn about the importance of dignity…

Hello teachers and other school leaders!

On Wednesday, October 12th, 2016, schools and organizations from around the world will once again celebrate Global Dignity Day (GD). This year’s celebration marks the tenth anniversary of Global Dignity Day in Canada, and we hope you will celebrate with us from coast-to-coast-to-coast!

Global Dignity (www.globaldignity.org) is an independent, international, non-political and non-partisan organization focused on empowering individuals with the concept that every human being has the universal right to lead a dignified life. It is celebrated every year in October and now has over 500,000 participants in 60 countries around the world.

Established in 2005, by HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant and Professor Pekka Himanen, GD is linked to the 2020 process of the World Economic Forum, in which leaders from politics, business, academia, and civil society join efforts to improve the state of the world.

Last year Global Dignity Day connected 2,000 students and young leaders across Canada, in eight schools, from Nova Scotia to Nunavut. Along with our organizational partners and event sponsor, The Samuel Family Foundation, we were also joined in celebration by Rwandan Genocide survivor and public speaker, Emery Rutagonya and National Role Model, Ashley Callingbull, Mrs. Universe 2015, who both shared their dignity stories.

Every year, throughout the GD celebrations, students learn about the importance of dignity in their own lives and the lives of others. From there, they learn how to express what dignity means for them and how their own dignity is mutually dependent on the dignity of others.

A decade after its first Global Dignity Day event in Canada, the movement has impacted over 1.5 million young people around the world and aims to impact many more in the years ahead.  Overall, it is our hope that by acknowledging existing inequalities, students will see that they have the ability to impact and enrich the lives of others through their own actions and choices, thereby promoting awareness and a social consciousness during a key time in their development.

For more information please visit www.globaldignity.ca, or click here to register your school or organization for this year’s celebration on October 12th, 2016. You may also wish to share this invitation with any individuals, groups and organizations who may be interested in supporting, volunteering or encouraging more people to participate in this important movement. Kindly register your school by October 5th at the latest if you intend to participate.

Thank you for supporting our youth!

23
Jan

‘Dignity’ – A Difficult Concept Made Easy

Global Dignity Day: making ‘dignity’ understandable for students

One of our goals as educators is to nurture students into becoming decent human beings who will make the world a better place—for themselves and for others.

This is why many teachers are engaging in global projects that are authentic and, therefore, meaningful to young people.

The Global Dignity Day initiative achieves this and it allows people to get involved with as much effort as you wish. You can do a little—or you can do a lot. This makes it very accessible to all of us and still results in deep understanding of what dignity means to people across a wide range of our global experiences.

You can see lots more detail about Global Dignity Day at the main site or at your specific country site. Canadian educators, please check Global Dignity Day Canada. It has been my privilege to serve on this committee for the past several years along with some wonderful Canadians who care deeply about our young people.

For a quick visual overview, watch this amazing video from Global Dignity Day Canada 2015. If you wish to know more, or have any questions, please check the sites or simply ask me. I’ll do my best to point you in the right direction.

It would be wonderful to have you join us this year for Global Dignity Day 2016!

8
Sep

Submit a Dignity Day Story

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NOTE: Submitting a Dignity Day Story is ONE of the activities related to Global Dignity Day. Please visit GlobalDignity.ca for other ways to become involved. We would love you to host a Dignity Day event for your students! Find out how.

Creating & Submitting a Dignity Day Story

Everybody has a unique dignity story about a person, event or place. As part of Global Dignity Day Canada 2013, we’re asking you to submit your dignity day story to share with students and youth across Canada and from around the world.

By sharing our stories, we hope we can better understand each other, our experiences and why it’s important to live with mutual understanding, respect and compassion for ourselves and everyone around us. Please follow the guidelines below to submit your unique story and share what dignity means to you!

1. THEMES

Within the “Many Faces of Dignity” framework, we’re cultivating engagement and action through four main pillars, including: Arts and Media; Healthy Living and Recreation; Community Building; and Sharing Food: Celebrating Life.

Two of these lend themselves to the creation and sharing of Dignity Day stories that you can submit to be shared in a new online gallery hosted at http://www.globaldignity.ca

a) Arts & Media — ‘What Does Dignity Mean to You?’ – this is an open-ended theme for you, and

b) Community Building — ‘Have a Senior Moment with Your Kids’

Pick one or both!

WHAT DOES DIGNITY MEAN TO YOU?

Consider what dignity means to you. Can you think of any stories that come to mind? If not, do you have any pictures that you think have dignity in them? Or could you paint a picture of what dignity looks like? Put your creative energies to work through video, writing, visual arts, social media, and more.

HAVE A SENIOR MOMENT WITH YOUR KIDS!

Our Elders and seniors have stories to tell. They have memories to recount.kerry and grandma

As part of Global Dignity Day Canada 2013, we’re encouraging you to ‘Have a senior moment with your kids!’  This is one example of how to share a dignity day story. Your students can create and submit a dignity day ‘story’ to share with students and other youth across Canada and from around the world. As with any other theme you may choose, we encourage you to use many different forms of expression to tell these stories.

By sharing our stories, we demonstrate appreciation, respect and honour for the elderly members of our communities. Their lives have touched many and we want you to capture significant moments in their lives by meeting with an elderly person you know or by meeting someone you haven’t known before.

Guidelines

Below is a guideline to create and submit your unique dignity story in line with the theme of sharing a senior moment:

1) Meet with an elderly relative or friend. This could also be an opportunity to meet a new elderly person in your community – through a place of worship or community centre.  Develop a relationship with that individual.

2) Through relationship and conversation, determine what is of significance to the senior. What was a most significant point in their life? What memory do they hold dear?

3) Capture the ‘story’ with the tools you need in order to create your chosen method – if you are writing a story, have pen and paper or a computer. If you choose to use visual arts of video, have your tools ready!  (see Possible Story Formats below for suggestions).

4) Create your dignity day story in one of the formats below. Ask a friend, parent or teacher if you have questions or if you need help.

2. GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

Submission Guidelines (for teachers, youth leaders & parents or students 18 years or older)

To submit your ‘story’, please send the following to submissions@globaldignity.ca:

  • the link (URL) to the site where you have created or uploaded your artifact (story)
  • please make your email subject line reads: Global Dignity Day Story – (the name of your school or home town/province)
  • In your submission email, make sure to include:
    • the number of stories being submitted
    • the theme of each –  a) What Does Dignity Mean To You? or b) Have a Senior Moment with Your Kids!
    • a primary point of contact (first and last name)
    • the name of the school (organization), the city, the province,
    • a phone number and an email address for possible follow-up.

All dignity day stories must be submitted to submissions@globaldignity.ca no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on October 10th, 2013 in order to be included in the national celebrations. If you have questions, please email: submissions@globaldignity.ca with the subject line: Question: Global Dignity Day Story

3. POSSIBLE STORY FORMATS

These are just a few ideas on how you can work to share a story. Submit a more traditional piece or try one of the Web 2.0 tools!

Please contact peter@globaldignity.ca if you would like some help getting started.

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8
Sep

Join the Conversation on Global Dignity Day!

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A Webinar to Support You!

Monday, September 16, 2013 7:00 – 7:45 PM EST

REGISTER NOW! Space is limited!

(This event is for Canadian participants. If you are outside of Canada, please check Global Dignity site.)

The Sixth Annual Global Dignity Day is scheduled for Wednesday, October 16th, 2013, and will be celebrated in over 50 countries around the world. This year we build upon the great success of last year’s event during which hundreds of thousands of youth participated across 50 countries.

What is Global Dignity Day?

Established in 2005, Global Dignity Day is linked to the 2020 process of the World Economic Forum, in which leaders from politics, business, academia, and civil society join efforts to improve the state of the world. A dignified life is defined as one where you have the opportunity to fulfill your potential, are treated with respect and have freedom of choice.

On this day, role models from across the country – including parents, educators, athletes, Senators, former and current Members of Parliament as well as international business and thought leaders – join thousands of volunteers to make the day possible. In Canada, role models will speak with youth across the country from Nunavut to British Columbia with the aim to instill a positive, inclusive and interconnected sense of value in young people that will guide them as they grow. Within this year’s theme, “the many faces of dignity”, students will be able to explore several facets of dignity.

How Can You and Your Students be Involved?

Get a great preview of this initiative at GlobalDignity.ca. The Global Dignity team wants to make it easy for you!! So you will see that there is a Facilitator’s Guide, an Express Guide (for shorter activities!) and a guide to help your students to produce and submit a Dignity Day story. It’s pretty awesome because we offer youth the opportunity to produce their Dignity Day stories by traditional means or with some cool Web 2.0 tools!

Join our Webinar to get More Info!

Now join us for a webinar to learn how to participate by:

  • Submitting a Dignity Day Story
  • Hosting a Dignity Day event
  • Using the Dignity Day App (Yes! A brand new Social Action app!)

When: Monday, September 16, 2013 7:00 – 7:45 PM EST (Come early to check your connections – from 6:15 PM on!)

Where: Blackboard Collaborate – REGISTER HERE!

Who:

  • Giovanna Mingarelli, National Chair, Global Dignity Canada
  • Peter Skillen, Steering Committee, Global Dignity Canada; OTF Connects Facilitator
  • Brenda Sherry, OTF Connects Facilitator

Technical Requirements:

Headset: Please have a headset with microphone. (Those you use with a cell phone work fine!) If you are in a quiet room by yourself, a headset with mic may not be as necessary!

Computer: Joining the session is usually straightforward – but there can sometimes be challenges with different browsers and so on! Hint: Join us any time after 6:15 so that we can try to sort that out! Contact peter@globaldignity.ca with challenges!

Thank You!

A BIG thank you from Canada’s Global Dignity Day National Chairs & Steering Committee to the Ontario Teachers’ Federation for its generosity in hosting the webinar on its Blackboard Collaborate service!

Contact Info:

peter@globaldignity.ca
Peter Skillen
Steering Committee, Global Dignity Canada

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16
Oct

FOLLOW Global Dignity Day – Oct. 17th

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Below is a letter from Giovanna Mingarelli, the Chair of the Canadian Global Dignity Day committee!

I am SOOOO excited.

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Dear friends,

It’s my great pleasure to share with you our successful results for Global Dignity Day Canada 2012 moving into our national activities tomorrow.

After much anticipation, we’ve far surpassed our goals for this year with now over 53 schools registered and close to 9,000 students participating in the day from Nunavut all the way to British Columbia. What’s more, tomorrow we join 350,000 students in over 50 countries to celebrate human dignity and to empower all those around us to live with mutual respect, tolerance and kindness.

Tomorrow we will be hosting a national videoconference event on Parliament Hill linking over 1,200 students from across the country to share in the day’s celebrations.

We’ll be joined by our national role models who include: Founder of TakingITGlobal, Jennifer Corriero, NDP MP Niki Ashton, Liberal MP Justin Trudeau, Jeffrey Copenace from the Assembly of First Nations, traditional Inuit researcher, Curtis Konek, Ryan Hreljac, the Founder of Ryan’s Well and our event’s keynote speaker, Wesley Prankard, the Founder of Northernstarfish. While she’ll be in South Korea for the event, a great thanks goes out to Senator Yonah Martin and her office for all of  their efforts in supporting tomorrow’s activities. You can tuned in to the video conference from 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. here: http://www.livestream.com/globalencounters.

Our role model videos, now live HERE, will also be aired in classrooms across the country as inspirational messages to teachers and students. Be sure to also check out our new Heroes Trailer, reflecting one of the main themes this year. You can also read more about us in this week’s Hill Times, our Global Dignity article in the Toronto Star as well as my most recent blog post for the World Economic Forum.

I encourage you to tune in tomorrow and to celebrate Global Dignity Day by sharing all of this with friends, family and colleagues in support of this special day. Finally, if you tweet, please support us by Tweeting it to #gdignity.

Thank you for all of your support in recent months – very much looking forward to this!!

Giovanna

Giovanna Mingarelli

18
Sep

Global Dignity Day 2012 – Get Involved!

Celebrating Global Dignity Day in Canada

October 17, 2012

Dear Teacher, School Leader, Youth Worker!

This is an awesome opportunity to help you teach your students about human rights and dignity.

“The mission of Global Dignity is to implement the universal right of every human being to lead a dignified life. We all have the ability to increase the dignity of others and thus we increase our own dignity. The more dignity we have, the brighter our world will be.”

Global Dignity Day was established in 2005, by HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant and Professor Pekka Himanen.

“The Fifth Annual Global Dignity Day is scheduled for Wednesday, October 17th, 2012, and will be celebrated in over 50 countries around the world. This year we build upon the great success of last year’s event during which tens of thousands of youth participated across 25 countries.”

For complete information please visit the Canadian Global Dignity Day site.

Host Your Own Dignity Day Session

You can host your own Dignity Day session at your school. Have a facilitator come in and speak to your students about dignity. Facilitators can be plumbers, health workers, bankers… in short, anyone that want to see young people become their best self can be a role model.

“A typical Dignity Day session lasts about two hours. The facilitator usually starts by telling his or her own story about dignity. Then, the children are asked to define dignity in their own words. After discussing the Dignity Principles, the children tell their own stories in front of the class. Finally, they typically write a letter to themselves stating what they want to achieve for themselves and others through dignity. A year later, these letters are sent back to the students.”

Download These Guides

Please download the complete Facilitator’s Guide for more details on hosting your own Dignity Day event.

Short on Time? Try this Express Guide!

To hold a quick dignity day session, consult the 2012 Global Dignity Day Canada Express Guide(each session within takes less than 30 minutes with very little prep time).

Register

Register here!

GDD Supports Ontario’s Education Initiatives

It is clear that children and youth everywhere face an opportunity gap. However, the fact that the gap is man-made means that we have control over its size. Educating our students about dignity and empathy will help narrow this gap by fostering school learning environments that are respectful of diversity, and that are caring and collaborative. Global Dignity Day therefore supports Ontario initiatives and documents, such as Growing Success and Finding Common Ground: Character Development in Ontario Schools, by promoting inclusion, safe schools and anti-bullying.

Your support of Global Dignity Day will help us to involve as many students and schools as possible. We hope that you will accept our invitation and join as a participating school of Global Dignity Day 2012!

Please Share

Please feel free to share this information FAR and WIDE – to your local colleagues and those at a distance. We are a small world now.

For complete information please visit the Canadian Global Dignity Day site.

Follow @GlobalDignity Use the hashtag #gdignity

11
Oct

Global Dignity Day – Express Guide!

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Quick, Low-Prep Activities

Celebrating Global Dignity Day in Canada

October 11, 2011

On October 20th classrooms and community organizations all around the world will be celebrating Global Dignity Day. As Canada’s Country Chair and life long Ontario educator, we — along with Global Dignity Day co-founders HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, professor and philosopher Pekka Himanen from Finland, and American social entrepreneur and author John Hope Bryant—are writing to ask for your support and participation as a partner in this global movement.

QUICK, LOW-PREP ACTIVITIES! (See this page for more comprehensive involvement!)

None of these activities should take more than 10 minutes to prepare!  Before beginning an activity, please take 5 minutes to briefly explain to your students what Global Dignity Day is and why you have chosen to celebrate it.  This will give them context and help them understand why they are participating.  To help you do this please view the Prezi presentation found at the link below in full-screen (in particular, the embedded Youtube videos can be clicked and will give you a good feel for the Global Dignity vision).  You can find the full-screen option under the “More” button found at the bottom right hand corner of the presentation.

http://www.tigurl.org/whatisgdd

The Web of Interconnection Game

Prep time:  None

Activity length:  About 10-15 min (depending on how long you want to discuss the message)

Materials:  A nice roll of string

Benefit:  It’s fun and provides a nice visual

 

  1. Create an open space in the classroom so that students can move around
  2. Have the students stand in a circle around the teacher
  3. The teacher goes around to each student in a random fashion, looping the string around their wrists and tying a knot (so that each student is fixed onto the string)
  4. Continue to do so until all students have a piece of the string tied around their wrists and what results is a complicated web of string & students
  5. The goal of the game is for the students to undo the mess by working together.  Done correctly, they should be able to stand in a line or in a circle without being tangled with each other.
  6. Have a discussion on the idea of interconnectedness and how this game symbolizes that every person is a part of a larger whole: we cannot do something without affecting another person and vise versa; we are affected by the actions of others.  In this way they see that to solve any issue, they must work together and consider the impact of their actions on everyone else
  7. The teacher then cuts the string IN BETWEEN students only, leaving the loop & knot around their wrists intact so that it acts as a bracelet that they can keep as a reminder of the activity and the lesson that goes with it (this is why it’s a good idea to buy nice string if possible)

Guess Who Game

 

Prep time:  None

Activity length:  Depends on how many stories you want to have

Materials:  Slip of paper and a writing utensil for each student

Benefit:  Great way for your students to learn about each other and receive recognition for the positive things they do

 

  1. Have each student write down on the slip of paper you gave them something they’ve done at some point in their life that had a positive impact on the life of another person
  2. Collect all the slips and put them in a hat
  3. Every time a slip is drawn, have it read out loud to the class.  The goal is for the class to guess who the slip belongs to.  Once the student is correctly identified, give the student the opportunity to elaborate and share what positive impact their action had and how it made them feel afterwards.  The length of the activity depends on how many slips you decide to draw


A Change for the Better

Prep time:  None

Activity Length:  Depends on how many stories you want to have

Materials:  Slip of paper and writing utensil for each student

Benefit:  If done correctly, can be a great learning experience for the students

 

  1. This activity is similar to the previous activity “Guess Who Game” except this time it is important for the stories to be kept anonymous and for the atmosphere (created by you) to be accepting and respectful – emphasize that rude, joking or inappropriate comments will not be tolerated
  2. Have each student write down on the slip of paper you gave them something they’ve done at some point in their life that they are NOT proud of.  You must tell them that these slips will be read to the class but that they will be kept anonymous (even so, tell them not to choose something that is too personal or something that would be considered a criminal offence)
  3. Every time a slip is drawn, have it read out loud to the class.  Again, a safe discussion environment is essential so please encourage this.  Use the slip as a point for discussion by asking the class “What could have been done differently so that the result is positive and the dignity of the people involved are strengthened?”  The length of the activity depends on how many slips you decide to draw

 

Lessons from Food

 

Prep time:  Maybe 10 min – Just need to run to the grocery store to pick up an appropriate snack

Activity Length:  5-10 min

Materials:  A healthy snack that takes into consideration the allergies that your students might have

Benefit:  Students examine the impact of their food choices + eating is always great

 

  1. Check ahead of time if any of your students have food allergies
  2. Buy a healthy snack and give a piece to each student (a good choice might be a peanut and gluten free granola?)
  3. Tell them to place it in their palm for examination before consumption.  First start by telling them to take a close look at it, smell it, feel it’s texture and take a tiny bite to experience its myriad of flavours
  4. Go deeper and prompt them to think about all the work and resources that went into producing this piece of food (ex.  “Imagine where the fruits came from and how the farmers had to care for them, where the oats and grains came from and the people who worked hard to harvest them, the energy that went into processing and baking the ingredients into a bar, the amount of gas and oil that was required to transport the product to grocery stores across the country, the resources used to create the packaging etc.).  The lesson is this:  in every object that they take a moment to think about, they will see interconnection between people all over the world.  There are foods that have negative impacts on people and the environment and there are foods that have very minimal impact.  With a little research and care, they can decrease their impact on the world (ex.  Buying local foods means less oil used in transportation which helps both the environment as well as people because reducing the demand for oil makes it less likely that wars will be fought over it).


Running Dictation by Karin Radhe, Hammond High School

Prep time:  1 min – You just need to print out a copy of the passage for each group

Activity length:  About 10-15 min

Materials:  Paper and writing utensils for each group

Benefit:  Contributes to literacy skills

Place several copies of the passage (provided on the next page) on the walls around the room.  Students are put in groups.  They are assigned the copy on the wall that is farthest away from their group.  One student in the group acts as the “runner” and one takes on the role of “writer.”  When given the signal, the “runners” run over to their copy of the passage, memorize as much of it as they can, and run back to their group to dictate that part of the passage.  Group members assist the writer with spelling, etc.  They keep running back and forth until they have completed the passage correctly (it is up to you to interpret what “correctly” means – do you want them to recreate the passage word-for-word or will the main idea be sufficient?  The more strict the rules the more difficult the game becomes).  During the activity, the teacher occasionally calls out “change!”  At that time, other group members take on the roles of “runner” and “writer” so that everyone has the chance to actively participate.  It is up to you whether you want to make this a competition where the first group to reproduce the passage correctly is rewarded but emphasize to the class that it is more important to process and understand the message than it is to be the first team done.  The sample passage is provided on the next page but feel free to create your own or tweak the suggested one.


Running Dictation Passage

 

We have created many issues for ourselves; wars over resources, accelerated climate change, poverty and world hunger to name a few.

 

These may seem like separate issues on the surface but some would argue that deep down, the root cause of all these problems is selfishness.  When people think that their dignity is more important than the dignity of others it makes it easier to take rather than to share and to hurt rather than to care.

 

To solve this issue we need to realize that we are all equal and interconnected.  Similar to how limbs and organs are all a part of a whole person, each of us are all a part of a whole humanity.  Imagine if your right hand thought it was independent from your leg and for some reason decided to cause harm to it.  Would the leg be the only part of the body that suffers?  Absolutely not!  The whole person would suffer from not being able to walk!  Seen through this perspective, actions such as bullying do not make sense.  If you hurt someone else, they will not be the only person to suffer.  In a very complex way, all of humanity suffers (and this includes the bully!).

 

So next time you have a decision to make, remember that the actions you choose to take will create a ripple effect that impacts the world.  It is up to you whether that impact is positive or negative.


Broadcasting Dignity Stories on Your PA System

 

Prep time:  10 min – You just need to meet with your Principal and have them agree to it

Activity length:  About 10-15 min

Materials:  Paper and writing utensils for each student

Benefit:  The positive message of Global Dignity is spread over a long period of time

 

  1. Discuss with your Principal and figure out a convenient time for this 10-15 min activity
  2. Use the PA system to broadcast the instructions to each class (or perhaps distribute a copy of the instructions to each teacher if not all classes are able to participate):
  • A person does not have a choice in whether they are born into a poor family or born into a rich family.  But regardless of what environment this person is born into, they have the right to a dignified life.  This means having access to healthcare, education, income and security so that they can fulfill their potential.
  • Although none of us could choose what circumstances we were born into, what we can choose are our actions.  We are not independent of one another, we are all interconnected!  Our actions affect the lives of others and the actions of other people affect our lives.  We can use this fact for positivity or negativity: it is our choice!
  • Write a short story about an experience that you know of (you could be involved or it could be a story about people you know) where the actions of one person had a POSITIVE effect on the life of another person; in other words, they contributed POSITIVELY to the other person’s dignity.  You can make the story anonymous or you can feel free to put your name on the page – just make sure to protect the identity of people that are mentioned in your story in case they don’t want to be identified
  • These stories will be occasionally broadcasted on our PA system to acknowledge the positivity that people are spreading.  However, if for some reason you don’t want your story to be read, you have the option to not submit your story to the teacher or to write “please don’t read” at the top of your page
  1. Finish by providing an example story to the students so that it is clear what you are looking for.  Feel free to tell your own short story or to use one of the stories provided in the Appendix of the Global Dignity Day Complete Facilitator’s Guide
  2. Have the teachers collect all the stories and submit them to you
  3. Each day or each week or each month, whatever works for your school, broadcast one of the student’s stories on the PA system at the beginning of the day as a way of reminding the students about Global Dignity and their ability to make someone happier


How Do You Feel Today?

 

Prep time:  None

Activity Length:  Depends on the size of your class (roughly 30 sec per student)

Materials:  Print out sheet with emoticons (provided on next page)

Benefit:  Students feel heard and their feelings are acknowledged

 

This activity is so simple yet can be quite effective at helping you build a connection with your students.  Sometimes, students go for long periods of time without being genuinely asked “how are you feeling today?” by an adult in their life.  This simple act can help make them feel cared for.  Pass around the sheet with the emoticons and ask the student who is holding the sheet to point to the face that best represents how they are feeling today.  Encourage them to elaborate if it’s not too personal and don’t push too much if they seem reluctant to share.  The important thing is that you truly listen to what they’re saying and validate their feelings.  Giving a comment or piece of advice at the end of each student story may be helpful.  If they ask “How does this connect to Global Dignity?” go back to the idea of interconnection; caring for how other people are doing and trying to make them feel better is an act of positivity that will spread to everyone.

Artistic Expression of Dignity

 

Prep time:  None

Activity length:  Probably a minimum of 30 min to be effective

Materials:  Standard art supplies

Benefit:  A fun way to have the students think about the concept of Global Dignity on a deeper level

 

This activity is pretty straight forward.  Give the students some time to be creative by asking them to express what dignity means to them and why it’s important by writing, drawing, painting etc.

Embracing Technology to Spread a Positive Message

 

Prep time:  None

Activity length:  5 min

Materials:  Access to the internet

Benefit:  Super quick way to effectively raise awareness about the importance of Global Dignity

 

  1. You might consider doing this at the very end of the period to avoid distraction to your lesson
  2. If possible, have the students log on to their Twitter or Facebook account from their phones or a computer in the room
  3. Dignity is sometimes a difficult thing to define; it means something slightly different to each person.  Ask them to tweet or update their status by completing the sentence “#dignity is…”  If people all around the world contribute to this on-going campaign, what we end up with is a global and collaborative definition of this concept from countless perspectives

Examples:

  • #dignity is when you have access to the basic needs that allow you to live a decent life
  • #dignity is strengthened when you give more often than you take
  • #dignity is when you speak up for a peer that is being bullied

Or they can be creative and rearrange the format of the sentence, as long as “#dignity is” appears somewhere:

  • Another person’s #dignity is strengthened when you help them without the expectation of praise or reward
  • Many of the issues we face, we created ourselves when we forgot that our #dignity is connected to the dignity of others