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Student Survey Results on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) at McKay This Year

Over 140 of our students in Grades 2 to 7 were surveyed on their learning in the area of Social Emotional Learning (SEL), an important area of learning as outlined within the focus section of our School Story post. Here are the results from 4 of the 8 SEL survey questions - and a sample of the anecdotal responses from our students:

1) When asked, 98.5% of 140 McKay students in Grades 2 to 7 can name at least 3 people (staff or students) that show kindness to them at McKay.

2) In response to the question, "Can you tell us about or describe something that you learned about being kind that you think will help you as a learner in SEL?", here are some of the responses:

  • to be patient and take my turn instead of getting angry
  • not to hit back when angry
  • if you are kind, kindness comes back to you
  • Learning about other cultures in Diversity Days
  • Give everyone a second chance
  • I made more friends this year by showing kindness to them
  • If I am kindly to others, they will be kindly to me
  • Diversity Days and Family Teams at Sports Day taught me about kindness to others
  • I think it will help me make more friends
  • Diversity Days showed me how people show kindness around the world
  • treat others the way you want to be treated
  • We made CARES plays to show others how to make good choices
  • To be kind to yourself as well as others 
  • If I am kind I will have friends by my side
  • I learned from McKay CARES
  • To tell a teacher if I need help or someone isn't being kind
  • McKay CARES plays, and Diversity Days
  • To ask others how they are doing lately and to be a good listener
  • Helping others could lead to you being happier yourself
  • The lessons about Indigenous peoples and all that the government had done to them, made me feel bad for them and determined to be kinder towards them
  • I learned to include others more often
  • I enjoyed learning to be kind to others from different cultures and respecting their differences through Diversity Days - learned a lot about other cultures and religions
  • How to be kind to others when I work in a group project like ADST
  • I learned that I feel great when doing kind things
  • To be kind to others away from school too
  • To create an environment that makes you happy
  • Every time when I help others, I can feel enjoyment - when I help someone feel happier I feel enjoyment
  • Learning how to use McKay CARES for different activities
  • To understand that others are going through something and not assume that others are unkind just because they feel like it
  • McKay CARES has important meaning 
  • When we did the CARES rotations and wrote messages about each of the letters
  • Good sportsmanship in sports
  • Learning about empathy was enjoyable - learning to empathize!
  • Learning to have a positive perspective about others
  • Knowing that I am not alone when I feel bad about something 
  • Small acts of kindness are usually more effective
  • When people are sad... I learned to comfort them or call a teacher
  • Helping people when they are hurt or in need
  • To not shout at people when they hurt my feelings - to try to calm down and have empathy
  • Kindness means being inclusive and how to make others feel better about themselves
  • ​​​​​​​Helping others because they may help me back
  • That not everyone thinks the same way as I do. I learned that I like being unique
  • Being kind makes me friends every day
  • Not being rude or bullying others
  • To ask others if they are okay
  • Family Teams at Sports Day and Big Buddies all year taught me about kindness
  • ​​​​​​​The Kindness chain lesson, Gardening, Kindness Day, Diversity Days  and Sports Day teamwork
  • Working with a partner or in groups, and Sports Day
  • I learned to be kind when I am in a group or on a team
  • Diversity Days, School-wide Teams, and Kindness Day activities
  • Being with our Big Buddies this year
  • Planting things for the environment and working with others in groups
  • ​​​​​​​Learning about teamwork - working with friends
  • Cleaning up and asking for help
  • Being kind helps you and helps them
  • Orange Shirt Day and Pink Day helped me to be a kind person
  • Donating to the SPCA made me feel kind and happy
  • Making people feel good by lifting them up and then kindness may come back to you
  • We had two school-wide CARES events that I think will help me in the future
  • Learning to stand up for people who need it
  • To show McKay CARES all the time - even when you're mad
  • I learned to think before I speak because it is hard to take back what you say
  • I enjoyed complimenting others because it makes them feel better
  • ​​​​​​​Even if you are not friends with someone you should still be nice and show kindness and respect
  • If you are kind you will have more friends
  • You can make friends with your kindness 
  • I learned to learn from my mistakes - they help me learn
  • I like to be kind because being good feels good
  • I learned to have the courage to talk to other people and make conversations
  • ​​​​​​​To be kind to others with different genders and skin colours
  • To say sorry and promise to not do it again when I am unkind
  • ​​​​​​​I learned that kindness is a mirror - if you show kindness it will reflect back on you

3) In response to the questions, "What are your next steps as a learner about being kind?", here are some of the responses":

  • ​​​​​​​To be kind to people I don't like or get along with
  • To be kind not only to others, but also to myself
  • I need to work on enpathizing
  • Respect others even if you are not their friends 
  • Be respectful of other peoples' ideas
  • be more careful of what I say
  • to learn how to be kinder to LGBTQ+ people 
  • To be more thoughtful - it can go a long way 
  • To be more inclusive so that everyone feels included
  • Keep learning how to help others in better ways
  • ​​​​​​​Learning about LGBTQ+ people so I know what to say to them (to be kind)
  • To meet more people 
  • Learn better manners and volunteer more often to help
  • ​​​​​​​Speaking up about kindness to others and spread awareness are my next steps
  • Not being afraid to tell people how I am feeling and finding ways to make things better
  • To keep calm even when others are behaving with violence
  • Respect others even when I do not like their thoughts or actions
  • Being more respectful and cooperative - filling up other people's jars
  • ​​​​​​​To make more friends through kindness 
  • To find alternatives to anger or violence
  • How to be more empathetic
  • Instead of getting more, give more to others
  • To make others feel better about themselves
  • To include others more
  • To respect other people's boundaries
  • Not to bully
  • To help solve problems even without a teacher helping me
  • To be more kind every day
  • To not say or do things implusively
  • To treat people better even when they don't
  • Say hello to other people more
  • Help others more often
  • Say thank you more 
  • To try to cheer people up more
  • To let more people play games with me
  • ​​​​​​​To be kinder and learn from the times I was mean this year
  • ​​​​​​​To try to not accidentally say something hurtful to others
  • ​​​​​​​To take kindness to the next level and look out for others and make them feel secure
  • Helping others even when I don't want to 
  • To learn from McKay CARES especially accepting people from different places
  • To learn more about kindness and gender (difference)
  • Learning to control my emotions
  • To use more kind words and not say too hurtful words
  • Being kinder in the community like holding doors for others
  • Tell myself to say please and thank you more
  • To listen to the story of someone who has been bullied so I can learn what it feels like and don't do any of those hurtful things
  • Lift more people up
  • Standing up for my friends and speaking up for them too
  • ​​​​​​​To improve myself by controlling my anger
  • Join more kindness activities and be a pro at being kind
  • Use deep breathing and walk away and tell a teacher (when angry)
  • Help someone when they are hurt or need help
  • ​​​​​​​Use more positive language
  • always say kind words to others
  • To be more inviting and smile at people more
  • Learn how to cooperate
  • To be a better listener 
  • To be kind to the younger students and Kindergarten kids
  • To identify when someone else is feeling sad
  • To be more kind to myself
  • Teacher others to be kind
  • To learn even more new ways to be kind
  • To try to not get mad easily
  • ​​​​​​​To (use my words) and not hit back or retaliate​​​​​​​

4) What should be our next steps as a community with regard to kindness?

  • Teach students how to stand in the others feelings, to understand each others and then have less arguments
  • Teach kids about LGBTQ+ and how to use proper pronouns because too many people are still homo and transphobic
  • Be more inclusive?
  • Help others with their stretches (next steps) about being kind
  • Be more accepting even when off site
  • Learn more about sharing
  • Show CARES more often
  • To be more racially inclusive
  • Picking up trash more - even if it is not yours
  • Older kids need to be a better example for younger students
  • Teach people to stay calm when they are getting mad
  • To say sorry after you hurt someone (by accident)
  • ​​​​​​​Help people when they are struggling
  • For everyone to be more inclusive racially
  • End bullying and help others more
  • Pick up garbage from the ground
  • All of us getting along in a peaceful community 
  • To be more caring because there are people from many countries and we need to help them to understand other people
  • To be kinder to everyone no matter where they come from
  • To do more of it
  • More kindness events and activities (teamwork activities, cheer people up....)
  • ​​​​​​​Always show respect because respect is important
  • To treat others fairly
  • Treat others the same regardless of race or gender
  • Stop people from sometimes encouraging others to do bad things
  • Work together and do more group activities
  • Help the environment with kindness 
  • Be good to the earth too
  • Events to teach kindness with people you don't know
  • We need to teach people to not swear... I don't want to hear it again
  • Donating to others and lifting them up
  • ​​​​​​​More Kindnsss Days or actitivites in the school
  • Teach kids to not use bad words, cuss or swear words
  • Not littering or making garbage
  • Stop saying bad things to others
  • Adding rules for gaga ball and other sports
  • Think more about how people are feeling
  • To accept all races equally
  • ​​​​​​​To teach the new ones and make sure everyone is kind​​​​​​​

 

Updated: Friday, July 7, 2023