October is National Bullying Prevention Month
By resolution, the Kansas State Senate and the Kansas State Board of Education have declared the first full week in October (6th through the 12th) "Anti-Bullying Awareness Week." This year's theme is "Do the RIGHT THING, because it's the RIGHT THING to do. Say no to bullying."
National Bullying Facts and Statistics:
1 out of 4 kids are bullied
1 in 5 students admit to participating in bullying behaviors
Each day 160,000 student miss school for fear of being bullied
Playground school bullying statistics- Every 7 minutes a child is bullied. Adult intervention- 4%, Peer intervention- 11%, No interventions- 85%
Bullying means: any intentional gesture or any intentional written, verbal, electronic or physical act or threat either by any student, staff member or parent that is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that such gesture, act or threat creates an intimidationg, threatening or abusive educational environment.
Check out the bullying framework that has been designed by our state.
I get to visit most K-5 classroom once a week for 30 minutes. I use the Social/Emotional Development standards Kansas has adopted as the basis of the lessons I share with the classes. We use a variety of books and projects to explore the topics of study.
Classroom Lessons Themes:
Kindergarten: Teamwork, Using Kind Words, Bucket Filling, Being Yourself and Accepting Differences
First: Being Yourself and Accepting Differences, Mistakes are OK, Using Kind Words, Tattling vs. Reprting
Second: Being Yourself and Accetping Differences, Mistakes are OK, Using Kind Words, Tattling vs. Reporting
Third: Being Yourself and Accepting Differences, Mistakes are OK, Using Kind Words, Teasing vs. Taunting
Fourth: Being Yourself and Accetping Differences, Mistakes are OK, Using Kind Words, Teasing vs. Taunting
Fifth: We use the WHY TRY curriculum with fifth graders. The programs goal is to build resilience in students. The program uses a series of ten visual metaphors to teach social, emotional, and leadership principles. These principals will help as they begin to make the transition to Middle School.
The first metaphor we explored was "The Reality Ride". We will also discuss "Tearing off Labels" and "Climbing Out".
Kyle Trueblood Elementary is dedicated to creating a positive, healthy atmosphere for our student population, working hand-in-hand with students to provide an environment which promotes their academic, career, personal and social development. It is the belief that all students have worth and dignity and have the right to participate in the school counseling program.