No More "us" and "them": Classroom Lessons and Activities to Promote Peer Respect

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R&L Education, 2012 - Education - 135 pages
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It is imperative that teachers build community in their classrooms and across their academic teams and grades in order to make school a safe and supportive place for adolescents. Teachers must help their students acknowledge that they belong to a group together, that they are part of a "we" or "us," and that any differences--divergent talents, backgrounds, experiences, cultures, and skills--only make "us" stronger and better. No More "Us" and "Them" delineates what steps educators can take to create an atmosphere where adolescent students feel accepted, included, and valuable to themselves and to their peers. The goal of this book is to change adolescent attitudes to lead to not just acceptance and tolerance, but toward an expansion of "us" and respect for their classmates that will serve to spread an even wider net of respect. This book provides ideas for lessons and activities that can be integrated into existing curricula and that meet a variety of content area standards in language arts, social studies, science, mathematics, foreign languages, physical education, art, and music, while also proposing ideas for advisory or homeroom periods and class, team, and grade gatherings to build respect in our classrooms, our schools, and our communities.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 GETTING TO KNOW YOU
1
CHAPTER 2 STARTING WITH SIMILARITIES
13
CHAPTER 3 BECOMING PART OF THE PUZZLE
35
CHAPTER 4 SMALLGROUP COLLABORATION
49
VALUING DIVERSITY AND CELEBRATING INDIVIDUALITY
59
STUDYING AND VALUING ALL CULTURES
67
CHAPTER 7 HOLIDAYS IN THE CURRICULUM
87
CHAPTER 8 READING FOR RESPECT
95
CHAPTER 9 ENDING THE YEAR WITH A FOCUS ON RESPECT
115
LESSONS AND ACTIVITIES BY CONTENT AREAS
127
REFERENCES
131
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
135
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Lesley Roessing was a middle school teacher for over twenty years. She is author of The Write to Read: Response Journals That Increase Comprehension. Ms. Roessing now teaches pre-service middle-level teachers in the College of Education at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia, and works with teachers in all grade levels and content areas in her role as director of the Coastal Savannah Writing Project.

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