A basic belief underlying The Responsive Classroom approach to teaching is that how children learn to treat one another is as important as what they learn in reading, writing, and arithmetic. We believe that social skills such as cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy, and self-control are essential to children’s academic and social success and we emphasize the teaching of these skills, along with academics, throughout the school day.
This resource provides teachers with classroom strategies to build community, improve communication, and enhance classroom discussion. This resource also has a listing of professional books related to these topics.
Most students know that bullying is bad, and yet bullying still happens in our schools every day.
When we say hurtful things to other people, we often can’t see the damage that we’re doing on the inside. Our classmates may appear fine, but they’re really hurting. On the other hand, our kind words can be used to build someone else up, and make them feel beautiful on the inside.
These bullying lessons use apples to provide a memorable, visual to show the damage that can be done with harsh, unkind words.
Anything someone does that makes someone else feel bad or unsafe is bullying. It can take many forms: name-calling, leaving someone out, or hurting them. Kids bully other kids for all sorts of reasons: for having lots of friends or very few friends, or for being different. Bullying is never okay. If you're getting bullied, you can ignore it, surround yourself with friends, try talking it out, or tell a trusted adult. If you're bullying other kids, please stop. It's way cooler to be nice to people!
This resource is a BrainPOP video.
During this lesson, students will differentiate between the terms “upstander” and “bystander" and describe the four steps involved in being an upstander when bullying is happening. Students will learn effective ways of intervening when someone else is being bullied by creating and acting out a skit that integrates the four upstander steps.
Character Playbook is an innovative digital character education program that uses engaging social-emotional learning activities to educate students about cultivating and maintaining healthy relationships during their critical middle school years.
This alignment results from the ALEX Health/PE COS Resource Alignment Summit.
This activity will examine why bullies bully others, to try to build students' self-esteem, and to know what to do if they are being bullied. In addition, this activity will help students find positive ways to deal with their feelings if they are being bullied.