Won’t You Be My Neighbor? A Little Kindness Makes a World of Difference

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? A Little Kindness Makes a World of Difference

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“For over 30 years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming puppeteer, writer and producer was beamed daily into homes across America in his beloved television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood…Takes an intimate look at Fred Rogers, a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.”

This video links with the core of Trauma-Informed; which emphasizes the importance of establishing relationships based on love. Mister Rogers speaks eloquently regarding issues, such as, divorce, death, war, assassination, terror attacks, understanding physical handicaps, and racial acceptance to name a few. He addressed a myriad of issues that have a dramatic impact on children. He explained all of these issues in words that children could understand. In the same manner as Trauma-Informed, Mister Rogers encouraged the children to be resilient and stressed that the job of adults was to keep children safe.

Earn Your Stripe!

1.  Watch video (1 hour and 34 minutes) (Can be purchased here if you don’t know someone with a copy.)

2.  Write a reflection answering:

Mister Rogers’ self-image was connected with being Fat Fred.  As an adult, he maintained his weight at 143 lbs., but the Fat Fred image of himself lingered.  Write some ways that we can change students’ negative images of themselves. 
Mister Rogers was criticized for giving the message to all children that they were special.  His critics maintained to be special you had to earn it.  He said, “You don’t ever have to do anything sensational for people to love you because you are special.”  Write some thoughts regarding his premise that everyone is innately special.
Mister Rogers said, “When I was a boy and saw something scary, my mother would always say look for the people who are helping.  You’ll always find someone who is trying to help.”  How in today’s society can we better help those who need us?

3. Write an idea that you implemented with the students that was inspired by watching the video.


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