Today was an amazing day here at NSS. Doreen Handzschel from SCOPE Education Services delivered two wonderful workshops to our students.
I was lucky to participate in the upper intermediate's workshop. Mrs. Handzschel gave us some food for thought: really think about how we would feel if roles were reversed. Her presentation on empathy taught us that what is inside is more important that the outside, and the most important thing about us is our character. We all are a treasure box, and no matter how ornate and beautiful the outside is, it's the inside that truly matters- our character helps us make decisions and allows us to live a happy life.
Mrs. Handzschel helped us recognize that we are a treasure- if we value ourselves, if we learn from our mistakes, and we gain mental strength, then we can have empathy for others.
Finding talent in ourselves and giving ourselves positive self-talks promotes our confidence. Being confident can allow ourselves to be peacemakers in our community. A peacemaker doesn't put people down, believes in themselves, and truly attempts to make their world a better place.
It takes much more thinking power to speak in a positive tone. Remember the old saying, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me"? That's incorrect. Words hurt. Mrs. Handzschel gave us great advice, just in case we were ever in a situation when words hurt our hearts: take deep breaths through your nose, and exhale out your mouth. Squeeze something, or stretch your body. It is healthy and natural to feel emotional, and maybe cry due to stress chemicals.
Below are some photos of her presentation, with active participation from the students through role-playing.