On Friday, February 1st, Middle School students and teachers participated in a conversation, “Can We Talk…about Food?”. This was part of our ongoing diversity and advisory programming to strengthen our sense of both individual and community identity.
In this Development Designs inspired circle activity, students and teachers were paired in cross-grade advisories to provide opportunities to connect and build relationships with new people. Upon arrival, we first greeted each other and then reflected on our advisory covenants, specifically highlighting our “rules” for effective and safe conversations. We then played a memory game about our favorite foods we like to eat. The discussion portion was based on a concentric circle “speed dating” model where students rotated several times through different one-on-one partnerships. Topics included favorite foods to cook, what family meals look like in our homes, and what foods are special traditions in our lives. These connections provided meaningful opportunities to speak to, and listen to, each other, as well as allowed us to find commonalities in the sameness and differences in our community.
We look forward to additional Can We Talk? conversations this spring to continue to strengthen our sense of curiosity and empathy with one another and reinforce our atmosphere of love and understanding.