My students attend a pre-kindergarten through fifth grade elementary school in New York. My students attend school in one of the poorest congressional districts in the nation-an area with a very high concentration of poverty. Most, if not all, of my students are eligible for free lunch.
The expert in anything was once a beginner.
My students are a hard working group who are persistent and determined to do well in school. They need essential resources to enable them to maximize learning opportunities and help them to do their best work every day.
An old adage says, 'treat people they way you want to be treated."
With this project, my students will have opportunities to practice and show respect for others who may be different.
These resources will serve as tangible reminders that about the importance of responding to conflicts peacefully as well as teaching them about caring, compassion, and respect for all.
"Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny." ~ Frank Outlaw.
The resources I am requesting for this project are anti-bullying pencils and stickers, card stock paper, anti-bullying posters. My students will have anti-bullying t-shirts they can wear proudly to help spread the word , "Be a buddy, not a bully." During story time I can read books about kindness, caring, sharing and how to stand up to bullies. After discussing and responding to the texts, in writing, my students will be given an anti-bullying pencil, pencil or wristband as a tangible reminder of showing respect for all. They will use the pencils, markers and card stock to create their own anti-bullying posters to display around the school. No doubt, their posters and their conversations about bullying will spark interest and encourage them and their peers to show respect for all. These resources (tangible rewards) will reinforce and instill positive behaviors --the habits of mind needed to teach them how to respond appropriately to people who may be different, by 'doing the right thing.'
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