New Activity Sheet Translations

Posted: October 17, 2019

In order to ensure that students throughout the United States and around the world have the opportunity to receive a life skills education, Overcoming Obstacles has translated all of its K-12 Activity Sheets into multiple languages.  As of October 2019, versions in Kinyarwandan and Albanian are now available!  You can…

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The Locker Room

Posted: October 16, 2019

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

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

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

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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