How to Stop Bullying and Social Aggression: Elementary Grade Lessons and Activities That Teach Empathy, Friendship, and Respect

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Corwin Press, Aug 1, 2008 - Education - 181 pages
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Encourage respectful, positive social behavior in all students!

Providing educators with strategies for engaging bullies, victims, and bystanders at their own level, this user-friendly resource offers fun and meaningful interactive lessons and activities that support students’ safety and well-being, promote healthy social-emotional development, and improve academic achievement. This research-based book helps school districts meet the curriculum requirements of recently enacted bullying laws and includes:

  • Step-by-step guidelines for each activity
  • Sidebars, sample scripts, and icons that highlight important information 
  • A supply list of common classroom items for quick and easy implementation 
  • Suggestions for enhancing lessons
 

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Contents

Same Page Understanding of Violence Respect and Bullying
1
Defining Violence
2
What Is Bullying and Respect?
8
Ground Rules
12
Statistics and Studies
15
Solving Problems Peacefully and Resolving Conflicts Respectfully
17
The Five Steps
18
Statistics and Studies
30
RolePlaying the Bully Proofing Plan of Action
102
Statistics and Studies
105
Unit TestChapters 46
106
The Power of Bystanders
109
Whats a Bystander to Do?
110
Tattling vs Telling aka Ratting vs Reporting
117
Statistics and Studies
122
Playful Teasing vs Hurtful Taunting
125

Creating Empathy
31
Emotional StatuesRecognizing Body Language
38
Statistics and Studies
41
Unit TestChapters 13
43
Emotional Control and Anger Management
45
Feeling Clouds and CharadesExpressing Feelings in ProSocial Ways
51
Deep Breathing and Positive Affirmations
55
ABCD Exercise
58
Statistics and Studies
62
Teaching Assertiveness
63
HandshakingUsing the Qualities of Assertiveness
72
Recognizing Assertive Aggressive and Passive Communication Styles
79
Practicing Assertive Statements
81
Assertiveness RolePlays
85
Statistics and Studies
88
Responding to a Bully
89
Bully Proofing Plan of Action
90
You Be the Judge
128
Statistics and Studies
133
Making Friends Strategies to Resist Social Aggression
135
Likes and YikesDetermining Friendship Qualities
136
Personal Boundaries
141
Finding New Friends
146
Statistics and Studies
148
Unit Test Chapters 79
151
Final TestChapters 19
153
Epilogue
155
Problems and Conflicts to Resolve
157
Assertive Statements
160
Assertive Communication Scenarios
165
Lesson Outlines
167
References
180
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Steve Breakstone, co-founder of Balance Educational Services, LLC, is a specialist in student discipline, bullying and violence prevention, behavior management and effective communication styles. During his dynamic workshops, he uses his theatrical experience to role-play serious realities such as being bullied, being the subject of rumors or being shunned by cliques. Steve is an expert in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA 2004), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the No Child Left Behind Act, offering easy to understand seminars to teachers, administrators and attorneys.

Steve has served as the Director of Northstar Community Alliance where he worked to prevent and reduce substance abuse. He has also worked to prevent domestic abuse as the Youth and Community Educator with Project Against Violent Encounters. Steve is a past facilitator with FATHERTIME, a parenting program, and is a trained mediator.

In the late 1980s, Steve and his dog, Dixie, walked 3000 miles from New Orleans to Washington State. He is the author of the book Washington WALKABOUT, which examines the experiences of a man with developmental disabilities as he and Steve walked 1,300 miles around the state of Washington, promoting the capabilities of people with disabilities. Steve lives on 30 acres in Vermont with nature photographer Jane Glesne, and their cat.

Michael Dreiblatt, cofounder of Balance Educational Services, LLC, is an outstanding national speaker who concentrates in bullying and violence prevention, creating healthy relationships, and discipline for children with special needs. With his humorous style and engaging stories, he has taught these topics to thousands of adults and students. Dreiblatt is an expert in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA 2004), and the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Dreiblatt is a former teacher who has taught in New York City and Vermont. He is the past director of education for Israel Congregation of Manchester and the former network coordinator of the Vermont School Age Care Network, where he advocated for improved afterschool programs. He is a past facilitator with FATHERTIME, combining adult/child recreation and the teaching of practical fathering skills. Dreiblatt is also an experienced grant writer and trained mediator.

Karen Dreiblatt, cofounder of Balance Educational Services, LLC, has devoted her adult life to bettering the lives of children. Using her background in psychology, Dreiblatt has worked with middle school students in special education, founded a play-based preschool, and has worked in the nonprofit sector to provide healthy recreation options for children of all ages.

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