Posts Tagged ‘bullying’

indexFor  National Bulying Prevention Month and anytime you want to focus students on the all-important subject of tolerance, here are resources from the PBS NewsHour’s EXTRA cite for teachers.  Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, is a place for educators to find thought-provoking news, conversation and support for those who care about diversity, equal opportunity and respect for differences in schools.

Start here with their basics about bullying. For a holistic look at bullying  that addresses the problem of bullying as a behavior that can be changed, read this Teaching Tolerance article, “There Are No Bullies” and try out their Tool Kit designed to help all students create healthy relationships.

For an in-depth lesson and engaging documentary visit Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case That Made History, which tells the story of Jamie Nabozny- a bullied student who fought back and won. Jamie is also recognized as a human rights defender by the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights and is featured in a lesson plan from Speak Truth To Power .

Teaching Tolerance was a favorite resource when I was in the classroom, where I would receive the Teaching Tolerance Magazine and hang their thought-provoking posters.

Please  share your experience with any of these resources or send in some of your favorites.

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1606A_TheLastToughCustomer_01ARTHUR, television’s longest-running children’s animated series, kicks off its spring season with a week of all-new episodes, including two devoted to the issue of bullying. The week begins with “The Last Tough Customer” on Monday, May 6. In this episode, the Tough Customers realize it’s time to quit bullying and set out to find a new hobby – but can Molly ever truly change her ways? Watch a sneak preview!

Then on Friday, May 10, in “So Funny I Forgot to Laugh,” Arthur thinks his jokes about Sue Ellen’s new sweater are all in good fun, but Sue Ellen’s feelings are hurt. Has Arthur become…a bully?

Visit ARTHUR’S parents and teachers’ site for more resources, including lesson plans like Arthur’s World Neighborhood with activities, resources, and tips to help kids explore cultural diversity within their own community and around the world. The curriculum was developed especially for students in grades 2-3 but activities can easily be adapted for younger or older audiences.

To also help raise students’ awareness on bullying and tolerance, you’ll find preK-3 resources on bullying as well as those for older grades at PBS LearningMedia.

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This month, Teaching Channel Presents and PBS LearningMedia bring you more new and innovative ideas for inquiry-based teaching, integrating the arts, and meeting the Common Core literacy standards. Here are December topics and themes:

Week 1:  Connecting the Arts to Academics [Episode #210:  Dec. 2-8] — See a wide range of lessons from first grade to high school where students learn about math, science, discipline, leadership, and foreign languages through the arts. Preview.  For more arts resources,  check out these media-rich resources from PBS LearningMedia:  Collective Improvisation  and WPA Murals.

Week 2:  High School English [Episode #211:  Dec. 9-15] — See how teachers are working to implement the Common Core State Standards. Preview.   PBS Learning Media resources include:  Media Arts: Critical Viewing: Cigarette Ads and The People, Yes.

Week 3:  Season One Rebroadcast [Dec. 16-22] — See highlights of videos that cover topics incluidng defining bullying for parents, students who are tried in a youth court by peers, and helpful leson plan ideas for new and veteran teachers.  From PBS LearningMedia:  A Day in the Life and Stop Bullying. . .Take a Stand.

Week 4:  Season One Rebroadcast [Dec. 28-29] See how two teachers create amazing classroom environments for their students.  PBS Learning Media resources include:  Critical Thinking and Problem Solving in Advanced Manufacturing and Center for Sustainability at Penn State University Tour.

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From staff writers, eSchool News, August 10, 2012 –  Parents are urged to teach their kids to speak up if they witness school bullying in new ads that target an issue that top Obama administration officials vow to make a national priority.

A long-term campaign featuring television, print, and online ads was unveiled Aug. 6 and will start running in October. The campaign is a joint effort by the Ad Council, a nonprofit that distributes public service announcements, and the Free to Be Foundation, a group that includes entertainers Marlo Thomas, Alan Alda, and Mel Brooks.

Read the entire story by clicking here.

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Believe it or not, October is almost over, as is National Bully Prevention Month.  But, it’s never too late to talk about bullying with students.  Here’s a selection of PBS LearningMedia resources to engage students on this important subject:

Cyber-Bullies are No Fun (Grades 4-6):  Cyber-bullying targets one or more children through technology to threaten, harass, or embarrass the victim, and so goes beyond just bullying because it can follow them home (e.g., through text or e-mail messages, blogs, social networking web site). With this video students learn to recognize the dangers posed by cyber-bullies and discover steps for dealing with kids who bully online.  This resource is aligned to Social Studies in the PBS LearningMedia curriculum framework

Stop Bullying…Take a Stand   (Grades 7-13+)  This solution-oriented video clip presents a comprehensive and multifaceted approach to preventing bullying. It also provides help and advice to victims, parents and bystanders. This resource is aligned to ELA, Health & Physical Education, and Professional Development in the PBS LearningMedia curriculum framework.

Jean Decety Says Bullies’ Brains Might Work Differently (Grades 6-7) Decety is a neuroscientist at the University of Chicago who studies human empathy.  In this audio he talks about his study on how children with aggressive conduct disorder – associated with bullying – process empathy.  This resource is aligned to Science (Evolution & diversity, Structure & Function, and Nature of Science) in the PBS LearningMedia curriculum framework.

How do I sign-up for PBS LearningMedia?

PBS LearningMedia is a brand-new service so you’ll need to create a  registration — it’s free and easy.  Visit www.pbslearningmedia.org.                    However, if you’re already registered as a PBS Teacher, you can activate       your PBS LearningMedia account using those credentials.

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BullyingBullying, either face to face of via cyberspace, is a national problem and western Massachusetts is no exception.  eSchool News reports that Common Sense Media, an independent nonprofit organization that helps parents and educators teach children how to be savvy users and consumers of media and technology, has created a free toolkit to help educators address the issue of cyber bullying in their schools. The toolkit also includes a parent-focused “workshop in a box” to help incorporate parents into the conversation. For more information,  click here.

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Almost all children, at some point in their childhood, will experience or be affected by bullying behaviors. For the safety and welfare of ALL children in a positive learning environment, it is essential for teachers to establish a learning community void of bullying behaviors and to facilitate a sense of community in the classroom. This includes teaching children skills to deal with bullies, as well as promoting positive social skills such as cooperation, communication, and conflict resolution.

Build a positive and safe community by talking about how to prevent bullying and what to do when you become a victim or a bystander in a bullying situation.  This lesson plan has been designed for grades 3-7.  The time of completion is estimated to be two to three classroom periods, or stretched out through out the school year.

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