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Social Norms and Individuals

Well rested and ready for action. Grade 4 has returned to the classroom this week with lots to occupy our time.

I shall begin by saying thank you for being unwitting participants in a social experiment during the Golden Week holiday. If your child did something strange or out of the ordinary i.e. feet on the table at dinner time, then may I extend our thanks for having been part of a class experiment in considering reactions of people when we break social norms. Apologies if said child also went to bed early with no supper!

Continuing with our unit theme of “social groups” we began the week by revising some of the key terms we had previously considered; social groups, reference groups, in/out groups and social norms.

We also played a game “Two truths and a lie” which proved very popular with everyone. In this game, each player gives three statements about themselves, one of which is a lie. The other players then have two minutes to ask questions and determine which of the statements is untrue. The students seemed to really enjoy this exercise in both cunning and sleuthing.また、「2つの真実と1つの嘘」というゲームはクラスで大変好評でした。このゲームでは、各プレイヤーが自分自身について3つの発言をし、そのうち1つは嘘をつきます。他のプレイヤーは2分間で質問をして、どの発言が嘘かを判断します。生徒たちは、この狡猾さと推理力の訓練をとても楽しんでいるようでした。

We have also been working on posters and presentations about individuals considered “unique”. We asked what made these people “individuals” and someone who broke either social norms or was apart from their reference group and/or usually both. The five individuals we considered were, Emily Pankhurst, Muhammad Ali, Buckminster Fuller, Frida Kahlo and David Bowie.

Thank you for reading and hope you have a nice week.