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

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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 ...

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Overview

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 the concepts of respect, conflict resolution,
and interpersonal relationships.

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 schools.

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Editorial Reviews

Rhonda Williams
“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.”
Melissa Albright
“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.”
Amy B. Myers
“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.”
Cheryl Dellasega
"A practical book packed with the kinds of anti-bullying strategies thatteachers, coaches, therapists, and kids regularly request. Every chapter is packed with tips on how to stay physically and emotionally safe when bullying occurs, andchildren are coached to practice assertive behaviors and avoid the victim role. "
Allan L. Beane
“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.”
James Garbarino
"Once educators appreciate the psychological and social significance of bullying, harassment, and emotional violence in schools, they are ready to translate that awareness into concrete actions. This is where this book comes in. Breakstone and his colleagues offer a well-grounded strategy and a series of tactical exercises designed to accomplish this critical mission. "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620872185
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/9/2012
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 682,211
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Breakstone, cofounder of Balance Educational Services, LLC, is a specialist in student discipline, bullying and violence prevention, behavior management, and effective communication styles. He also is the author of Washington Walkabout.

Michael Dreiblatt, cofounder of Balance Educational Services, LLC, is an outstanding national speaker who concentrates in bullying and violence prevention, creating healthy relationships, and discipline of children with special needs.

Karen Dreiblatt, cofounder of Balance Educational Services, LLC, has devoted her adult life to bettering the lives of children. With her background in psychology, Karen has worked with special education middle schoolers, and worked in the nonprofit sector to provide healthy recreation options for children of all ages.

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Table of Contents

1 "Same Page" Understanding of Violence, Respect, and Bullying 1

Defining Violence 2

What Is Bullying and Respect? 8

Ground Rules 12

Statistics and Studies 15

2 Solving Problems Peacefully and Resolving Conflicts Respectfully 17

The Five Steps 18

Statistics and Studies 30

3 Creating Empathy 31

What Makes You Feel ...? 31

Emotional Statues - Recognizing Body Language 38

Statistics and Studies 41

Unit Test - Chapters 1-3 43

4 Emotional Control and Anger Management 45

Guided Visualizations and Anger Monster Poster 45

Feeling Clouds and Charades - Expressing Feelings in Pro-Social Ways 51

Deep Breathing and Positive Affirmations 55

ABCD Exercise 58

Statistics and Studies 62

5 Teaching Assertiveness 63

Teaching Assertive Communication 63

Handshaking - Using the Qualities of Assertiveness 72

Recognizing Assertive, Aggressive, and Passive Communication Styles 79

Practicing Assertive Statements 81

Assertiveness Role-Plays 85

Statistics and Studies 88

6 Responding to a Bully 89

Bully Proofing Plan of Action 90

Role-Playing the Bully Proofing Plan of Action 102

Statistics and Studies 105

Unit Test - Chapters 4-6 106

7 The Power of Bystanders 109

What's a Bystander to Do? 110

Tattling vs. Telling, a.k.a. Ratting vs. Reporting 117

Statistics and Studies 122

8 Playful Teasing vs. Hurtful Taunting 125

Defining Playful Teasing vs. Hurtful Taunting 125

You Be the Judge 128

Statistics and Studies 133

9 Making Friends: Strategies to Resist Social Aggression 135

Definition of Social Aggression 135

Likes and Yikes - Determining Friendship Qualities 136

Personal Boundaries 141

Finding New Friends 146

Statistics andStudies 150

Unit Test - Chapters 7-9 151

Final Test - Chapters 1-9 153

Epilogue 155

Resources 157

Resource A Problems and Conflicts to Resolve 157

Resource B Assertive Statements 160

Resource C Assertive Communication Scenarios 165

Resource D Lesson Outlines 167

References 179

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