30th class reunion...yes, I am that old. The reunion was spread over two evenings and included a home football game (we lost by the way) and a riverboat cruise. Although we had a modest turnout, I was so excited to see a lot of my old friends at both events! At one of our
|My old school!|
|The Pink Ladies aka "bad girls"|
- Parents should model diversity in their own friendships.
- Parents can help their child develop good social skills, like being a good friend.
- Parents can help their child develop empathy for others.
- Parents can encourage the child to follow activities that interest him or her. Finding people who generally have the same interests may lead to lasting friendships and relationships.
- Parents should assist their child in developing confidence.
What is Mix It Up Day?
Mix It Up Day was created over ten years ago by Teaching Tolerance to encourage students to stretch their "social boundaries" and get to know other students. Typically held at lunch, some schools have taken the concept and created a day or week of activities. Even if students aren't willing to sit with others at lunch, it is a great moment to show why your students should think about stepping out their comfort zone. So whether you decide to have a lunchroom activity or incorporate activities in the classroom, the Teaching Tolerance website has a ton of great ideas for your event. Think about participating on October 27th.
How to Get Started
Mix It Up Twitter Chat
Getting Started - Mix It Up Toolkit
Downloads - Includes posters, press releases, and clip art.
Mix It Up Lunch Activities
Mix It Up Day Ideas - Pinterest page by Carol Miller.
Middle and Upper Grades Curriculum Guide by Teaching Tolerance
|Mix It Up Photo Booth Activity|
Becoming a Model School
How To Become a Model School
Resistance By Students
But I Want to Sit With My Friends!
Changing School Climate