"Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me!" I remember being taught this in order to ward off verbal attacks from other kids. Students face not only teasing but also violence, cyberbullying, and Internet predators. In order to keep students safe, we must educate them!
I am the Core Recovery teacher for my school.
I teach students that need more one-on-one attention. My students are precious, loving children who are exposed to situations that they do not know how to deal with. Our school is in a high poverty, rural community. Although the community is rural, students face bullying situations at school, on the bus, and even at home. I believe that educating all students and parents about the choices available in these situations will deter future situations of bullying.
To begin my project, students will read the book, Bullying in Schools. This will be done in Language Arts class as well as at home. Students will read sections of the book and discuss the issues. In order to make a home connection to our classroom, students will also bring the books home to discuss what they learned with their parents. Students will be encouraged to keep a journal throughout the book. After this, a literature unit on the book Jake Drake, Bully Buster will be completed during our ELA block. This literature unit includes a daily journal, vocabulary words, and chapter quizzes. The domino game and ball will be create a relaxed environment for students to gain experience in dealing with bullying situations. Students will finish the project by drawing posters to be displayed in the school. The posters will be meaningful to the students and promote the skills and tactics they have learned to deal with bullying.
I believe that educating students about bullying at this point in life (just before middle school) is very important to their futures.
In learning how to deal with these types of situations, students are building skills that will lead positive choices now and in the future.
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