Someone you like playing with and you trust.
Someone who is there for you when you need them most.
Someone you care about and cares about you.
Someone you look up to.
Someone who will never judge you.
Someone that you know will comfort you when you are sad.
I posed this question to my students as a writing prompt and the simplicity of their responses was like a wake up call to me. No need for complicated emotions or fancy jargon. No need to ‘jazz’ it up. The short and succinct sentences written here really do sum up what a good friend is. This prompt lead to some beautiful and rich discussion and I feel an overwhelming privilege to have witnessed such heartfelt thoughts from this crew of kids.
My role honours me some creative licence. I can slow things down and play with new ways to engage kids. If you are in a position to get creative with your students or kids at home, can I encourage you to take a few risks and try something new. You might just find that it’s in those moments where the magic happens.
And while I’m here… if you have any other interesting and thought provoking writing prompts feel free to pop them in the comments section below! I’d love to use them!