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



© 2009 | 200 pages | Corwin

"This timely book includes perfectly sequenced, content-enriched, practical lessons that will enhance any anti-bullying effort. The student-focused activities will facilitate and maintain learning of important anti-bullying concepts that can never be overemphasized."
—Allan L. Beane, Founder and President
Bully Free Systems

"A practical book packed with the kinds of anti-bullying strategies that teachers, coaches, therapists, and kids regularly request. Every chapter is packed with tips on how to stay physically and emotionally safe when bullying occurs, and children are coached to practice assertive behaviors and avoid the victim role."
—Cheryl Dellasega, Professor, Penn State University
Author &  Founder, Club Ophelia

Encourage respectful, positive social behavior in all students!

Educators have come to recognize the long-term negative impact that bullying can have on children and the need to proactively teach acceptable behaviors for both in school and out. This user-friendly resource provides K–6 teachers, school administrators, and counselors with fun, interactive lessons and activities that support students' safety and well-being, promote healthy social-emotional development, and improve academic achievement. Using role plays and sample scripts that can be adapted to specific situations, the authors illustrate how to teach critical concepts and behaviors, including how to stand up to a bully and how to stop another student from bullying.

In clear, jargon-free language, this research-based book helps school districts meet the curriculum requirements of recently enacted bullying laws by fostering positive youth development around issues of respect, conflict resolution, and interpersonal relationships. Readers will also find:

  • Sidebars and icons that highlight important information
  • A supply list of commonly found classroom items within each lesson for quick and easy implementation
  • Illustrations and unit tests for students' review
  • Suggestions for enhancing lessons

How to Stop Bullying and Social Aggression helps educators engage bullies, victims, and bystanders at their own level and teach healthy behaviors to create safe, healthy schools.

 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
1. "Same Page" Understanding of Violence, Respect, and Bullying
Defining Violence  
What Is Bullying and Respect?  
Ground Rules  
Statistics and Studies  
 
2. Solving Problems Peacefully and Resolving Conflicts Respectfully
The Five Steps  
Statistics and Studies  
 
3. Creating Empathy
What Makes You Feel....?  
Emotional Statues: Recognizing Body Language  
Statistics and Studies  
 
Unit Test: Chapters 1-3
 
4. Emotional Control and Anger Management
Guided Visualizations and Anger Monster Poster  
Feeling Clouds and Charades: Expressing Feelings in Pro-Social Ways  
Deep Breathing and Positive Affirmations  
ABCD Exercise  
Statistics and Studies  
 
5. Teaching Assertiveness
Teaching Assertive Communication  
Handshaking: Using the Qualities of Assertiveness  
Recognizing Assertive, Aggressive, and Passive Communication Styles  
Practicing Assertive Statements  
Assertiveness Role-Plays  
Statistics and Studies  
 
6. Responding to a Bully
Bully Proofing Plan of Action  
Role-Playing the Bully Proofing Plan of Action  
Statistics and Studies  
 
Unit Test: Chapters 4-6
 
7. The Power of Bystanders
What's a Bystander to Do?  
Tattling Versus Teling, A.K.A. Ratting Versus Reporting  
Statistics and Studies  
 
8. Playful Teasing Versus Hurtful Taunting
Defining Playful Teasing Versus Hurtful Taunting  
You Be the Judge  
Statistics and Studies  
 
9. Making Friends: Strategies to Resist Social Aggression
Definition of Social Aggression  
Likes and Yikes: Determining Friendship Qualities  
Personal Boundaries  
Finding New Friends  
Statistics and Studies  
 
Unit Test: Chapters 7-9
 
Final Test: Chapters 1-9
 
Epilogue
 
Resources
Resource A: Problems and Conflicts to Resolve  
Resource B: Assertive Statements  
Resource C: Assertive Communication Scenarios  
Resource D: Lesson Outlines  
 
References

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter 1


“Presents novel strategies to help educators effectively respond to the bullying crisis in our schools. From treatment of animals to assertiveness training, conflict response to body language of the bullied, this book offers an innovative approach to teaching bully-proofing strategies.”

Rhonda Williams, Instructor in Counseling and Leadership
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

“In our ever-changing world, we have to teach social skills and character education, and this book hits on both topics while teaching children how to stop bullying.”

Melissa Albright, Sixth-Grade Teacher
Wilson's Creek 5/6th School, Springfield, MO

“The activities provide students with great opportunities to build respect, empathy, and friendships, and they help build awareness of ways to prevent bullying and build character in students.”

Amy B. Myers, Second-Grade Teacher
North Hills School District, Pittsburgh, PA

"A practical book packed with the kinds of anti-bullying strategies that teachers, coaches, therapists, and kids regularly request. Every chapter is packed with tips on how to stay physically and emotionally safe when bullying occurs, and children are coached to practice assertive behaviors and avoid the victim role."

Cheryl Dellasega, Professor, Penn State University
Author & Founder, Club Ophelia

“This timely book includes perfectly sequenced, content-enriched, practical lessons that will enhance any anti-bullying effort. The student-focused activities will facilitate and maintain learning of important anti-bullying concepts that can never be overemphasized.”

Allan L. Beane, Founder and President
Bully Free Systems
Key features
  • Step-by-step explanations of every lesson and activity
  • Sidebars and friendly icons highlighting important information and ways to enhance lessons
  • A supply list of commonly found classroom items at the beginning of each lesson, making preparation quick and easy

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