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Posted: October 16, 2019 | Category:

As a man who works in the field of education, I would recommend that students in elementary school be taught Overcoming Obstacles Curricula Grades 3-5 Lesson 2: Empathy.  I recommend this lesson so students may be able to avoid a situation similar to what happened to me in middle school.

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Bullying Prevention Always

Posted: October 10, 2019 | Category:

My son left for school today wearing a pair of planet socks. His love affair with space is nothing new in our home and neither is the reason for the socks: every October his school holds a “Week of Respect” as part of its programming for Bullying Prevention Month. Today’s theme is to “stomp out” bullying, hence the socks. Later this week he’ll wear a Yankees jersey to “team up” against bullying and on another day he’ll wear school colors because they “protect their own.” These things sound small in the face of something as all-consuming as bullying, right? Well, not so fast.

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Put-Downs Make Us Feel…

Posted: October 8, 2019 | Category:

Students identify the emotions connected to put-downs and bullying.

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A Reflection on Bullying and Growing Up

Posted: October 2, 2019 | Category:

One of the most frustrating things children experience while growing up is their inability to control many of the things that go on in their lives. When I was in fourth grade, I had a difficult time coping with my parents’ separation and my not being able to see or live with my dad. I was angry a lot and didn’t know how to express or deal with that anger. I remember purposely getting into physical altercations with other students in school just so I could have an outlet for my anger.

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Being True To Yourself

Posted: September 18, 2019 | Category:

Once they enter middle school, students begin facing increasingly difficult decisions in both their academic and personal lives. In sixth grade, they begin to build a track record of their grades and accomplishments that will help them get accepted to their chosen high school or gain more options for quality secondary schools. As pre-adolescents, students begin to develop deeper feelings of attachment to friends and feel a stronger need to be part of a group and be accepted. If students don’t get a good grasp of what they value in their lives, they could easily make poor decisions that they will regret later on.

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