The Heart Story – Social Emotional Learning in Action

This video from shows several RCCP activities, including one that helps young people explore put-ups and put-downs in an engaging way. – Holding a red paper heart inscribed with the words “I am important,” teacher Sarah Button is telling a story to her class of engrossed fifth graders. Each time she comes to a part of the story in which the protagonist, Maria, is on the receiving end of a deflating put-down (“Get up, lazyhead,” “You gonna wear those old rags to school?” “What’s up with that rat’s nest on your head?”), Button tears away a part of the heart. Finally, just a small piece remains.

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