Edison's Tolerance Team

Effective communication was the topic of discussion as members of the 8th grade Tolerance Club at Edison Intermediate School visited a 6th grade class to conduct scenarios showing how body language, eye contact, tone of voice, and other behaviors can affect how a person's message is perceived.
"Tolerance stands for "Teens Learning Respect and Compassion (TLRNC)," says Edison school counselor Lori Bercovicz.  "These peer leaders are an influential group of students who are trained by the counselors to support and promote a positive school environment."
Bercovicz says the 8th grade peer leaders plan and participate in a variety of outreaches to grades 5, 6, and 7 that are typically tailored around the five competencies of Social and Emotional Learning:  Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Responsible Decision-Making, and Relationship Skills.
On this day, the Tolerance team spoke of the importance of BEST (good Body language and Eye contact, Speaking appropriately and positively, and a calm, steady Tone of voice) in effective communication.
To view more photographs from the 8th grade outreach, click HERE.
Source: Westfield Public Schools