My favourite part of the day was learning about Being There as we played trust activities. (45B student)
I think the best part was doing role plays for Choose Your Attitude. (45B student)
I enjoyed going over to the green oval with Miss Taylor because we thought lots about teamwork. (45B student)
Guiding each other through the obstacles and learning about Being There was my favourite part. (45B student)
It all started when a group of fishmongers in Seattle participated in research. Despite their less-than-desirable work, these fishmongers brought amazing energy, focus and accountability to their jobs. In researching the attitudes of these fishmongers a collection of key dispositions were identifies and named as Be There, Choose Your Attitude, Make Their Day, and Play. The attitudes were incorporated into what many businesses and school have adopted as the Fish Philosophy.
Be There - When we interact with others, we need to really focus on that moment, with that person. We take responsibility for 'being who we are while we’re doing what we’re doing.'
Choose Your Attitude -We can’t control what happens to us, but we do have a choice about how we respond. By accepting responsibility for the attitude we choose, we also empower ourselves to change it.
Make Their Day - Too often we ask, 'What have you done for me lately?' instead of 'How can I make your day?' If we turn the focus around and do little things to make others feel good, we can have a powerful, positive impact on the people in our lives.
Play - This does not mean goof off, but it does mean bring a light-hearted spirit to life. Think about how much little kids learn by exploring, experimenting, playing. Why shouldn't we all approach life with the same curiosity and interest? Besides, it is more fun!
Thanks to all students and teachers who worked across ages to explore the Fish Philosophy and continue to consider its application to our community. A special thanks to Ange for her organisation that ensured a wonderful day for all.