In special activities "Tokkatsu", it is expected that each child will gain experience in practical group activities that allow them to recognize, utilize, and develop each other's strengths and potential.
It has been reported from schools in Japan that by repeating the below-mentioned actions, more and more students get to notice goodness in themselves and start saying kind words to their friends.
- Say "thank you" to classmates, students of upper and lower grades in same school.
- Find something they did well and write it on a card.
- Read the card and share one's recognition with others.
The exampels here are "Thank You Card" and "Good Job Card." These particular ones are linked with school events. The activities involving the cards aim to have students find out good points in classmates, or colleagues in the upper and lower grades. They tell each other about the good points they find so that they do further improve on it.
Any elementary school grades possible
Tokkatsu, Thank you card, Good job card
Break time and morning meeting time
- Learn to identify good things about oneself and others.
- Build one's self-esteem by seeing the good things about oneself that others point out.
Teaching materials and equipment necessary:
- Thank you card
- Good job card
Example 1: Let's write "thank you cards" to the upper grade students who read a book to us.
(1) A group of students from a upper-grade class read a book to a lower-grade class students during the morning quiet learning period. (In the example of one elementary school in Tokyo, several children from the 5th group ("han") of 3rd grade class read a strory to the 1st grade students.)
(2) Each student in the lower-grade class fill out a "thank you card" to the group of upper-grade students who read the story to them. Each student uses one's own words to express his/her appreciation.
3) When all lower-grade students finish writing the thank you cards, paste them on a large piece of paper.
4) When finished, representatives from the lower-grade class will visit the upper-grade class during the morning meeting to present the thank you cards.
Example 2: Let's send "good Job cards" to the lower-grade students who worked hard at the sports day.
(1) Decide on the pairing grades or classes in this activity. Also choose a school event in which the students try to find thier counterpart grae/class working hard. In the following example of one elementary school in Tokyo, the 2nd grade students send the 1st grade students good job cards.
(2) 2nd grade students should watch closely the efforts of the 1st grade students of their target class during the Sports Day.
(3) After the Sports Day, each 2nd grade student fills out a good job card, specifically recalling what the 1st year students did well.
(4) Paste the good job cards of all students in the class on one large piece of paper.
(5) Using the morning meeting time, representatives from the 2nd grade class will visit the 1st grade class and present the good job cards.
(6) The good job cards will be displayed on the wall of the 1st grade class for a while.
(7) The students who receive the cards, read it carefully, try to remember and appreciate what they have been recognized working hard.
Mixed-age group activities (Cross-age group activities)
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