Sunday, March 18, 2012

Compassion Play

At recess some students created a play that they then performed for everyone when we got back in class. I apologize for my poor recording quality (I need to invest into something that will actually let you hear the kids and not just "fuzz"!) The gist of the play is that a girl comes and asks a friend over for dinner. When the child says "yes", she pushes her down and says "fool." This happens a couple of times then finally one girl asks the others over to play and when they say yes, they skip off happy. When the bully comes back she asks if the group wants to come to her house for dinner and when they say yes, she pushes them all down and says "fool". Finally one friend has enough of it and goes and asks the bully if she wants to play and when the bully says yes, the friend pushes her down and says "Fool- now you know how it feels." Another friend feels bad for the bully and decides to just be nice to her and ask her to play. When the bully says yes, all the kids skip off together. The coolest part of the play is that each time they performed it or practiced it, the girls switched off roles so that no one had to be the bullies all the time!

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