Friday, October 18, 2013

Using Literature to Decrease Bullying

Our school's bullying program is based on Steps to Respect developed by the Committee for Children.  It is a  literature based program with teachers reading at least two books to their classes and discussing key concepts.  The counselors deliver the skill based lessons.  Another program that uses literature read by teachers in WITS. I really like some of their lessons but I don't like to teach children to ignore bullying. Since bullying is a pattern of behavior that keeps happening, other strategies are needed.  I agree that the person being bullied should not show the reaction the person doing the bullying wants.  I just think Ignore is the wrong word to use.  But check out some of the discussion guides for books that  are probably already on your book shelf at

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