"You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives." ~Clay P. Bedford
My students are 5-6 years old, so learning involves being engaged, touching, looking, participating, and exploring things about them.
95% of my students are from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds and receive free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch. My students are very curious and energetic. They are ecstatic and passionate about learning, just as I am about teaching them.
"Courage is fire, and Bullying is smoke." by Benjamin Disraeli
Bullying can threaten a student's physical and emotional safety at school and can negatively impact their ability to learn.
These days, bullying is becoming more and more frequent among today’s youth in school and online.
As a kindergarten teacher, I believe the best way to address bullying is to “stop it before it starts”. Educating my students early and addressing the negative effect of bullying can help prevent bullying from occurring in my students' future.
I plan to create “Be a Buddy, Not a Buddy” thematic unit for my kindergartners filled with hands-on lessons, videos, books/stories and collaborative discussions about kindness and how to be a buddy/friend. And most of all, to encourage them to not be afraid to stand up when they see someone being bullied.
I am requesting "Character Kids Save the Day!", "Building Character" book series and an Echo Dot. These items will help my students create their own digital storytelling about how to be a good kind person so they can help educate others to be kind and be bully free. I plan to read the books and use the Echo Dot to help me answer any questions my students may have. Next, my students can use what they have learned to create videos of different scenarios on how to be a buddy and not a bully for other classmates and students at our school to see.
Thank you in advance for your support in helping us take a stand on "Be a Buddy, Not a Bully!" and empowering them to STAND UP and STEP IN when they see someone being bullied.
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