Eighth-Grade Advisory Learns About “Ripple Effect”

Last week, 8th-grade students took time to reflect upon their actions as members of the greater Bosque School community. 

Students began the week with a powerful Morning Meeting where members of the staffulty shared some of their personal stories and discussed how they have experienced microaggressions due to race, culture, gender, and appearance. Staffulty members shared their lived experiences to help students understand the impact that words can have on others—illustrating that even unintentionally, they can have deep ramifications. 

In another advisory meeting later in the week, students explored the theme of the “ripple effect.” According to Merriam Webster, a ripple effect is defined as “a spreading, pervasive, and usually unintended effect or influence.” As the Dalai Lama once said, “Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.” 

To understand this phenomenon, students were presented with real-life scenarios where they had to discuss not only the direct consequences, but also the outward and more long-term impacts of certain actions. “The purpose of doing this was to have students reflect on not what they would do, but how their actions can have larger, more permanent effects,” said Anne Gegg, 8th-grade dean. “We hope to continue with more activities with similar purposes to promote empathy within our learning community.”

Looking ahead, students will be taking a survey for the WILLDS team to gather data to help guide future lessons, workshops, and next steps.