As we are in the season of Lent, many Catholic teachers are working with students and developing their understanding of this very special season. How Jesus’ sacrifice and love for everyone, works within us to be better people and a better world. But sometimes, no matter how much we discuss, students go out for recess or lunch and come back in with tonnes of issues that they could not resolve themselves. If you teach primary grades, then you know this all too well. But don’t be surprised when the same happens in the junior and intermediate grades! We need to re-direct their focus, find the good, find the peace, and develop a sense of family within our students. For this lenten season I make the following suggestion. As students come in from their breaks, have them record a positive occurrence in the school yard that they were able to experience. Maybe not everyone will have one, but they will definitely start looking for the good instead of the negatives. You can use this as part of a discussion on how people solve problems, help others, do good deeds, the list is endless! Now what you do with these recorded items? Place them on the Lenten Tree. You can definitely create what you see in the image with branches and construction paper, or if you have the space you can create a Lenten Tree on your wall where students can tape it on. Just ensure you have the materials all prepared for students to be able to record as soon enough your tree will be overflowing with good deeds!
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