There are two approaches to implement using the kit at your school: the chronological approach and the a la carte approach. Let’s look at both of them.
The Chronological Approach
Show the teacher workshop, “Bully Proof Your Classroom” to faculty and staff.
Show “Bully Proof Your Child” to parents. This would be an after school, evening, or individual session. (This step is not mandatory in order to move to step three).
Show the ten comedy clips to the student body in the order they are on the disc and listed in the follow up questions. The combined viewing time of all the clips is 55 minutes. So it would not be possible to view all 10 clips and lead a discussion (using the discussion questions you will receive in the booklet) in one class period. The best approach would be to do one clip a day, school wide, for 10 school days, preferably in homeroom. If your school does not have a homeroom period, then you would pick a period to show the clips school wide. It is important to run the campaign school wide. The clips are engaging and, if shown school wide, the students will discuss them at lunch, between classes, etcetera.
Your efforts will not have as great an impact if this material is covered in one or two classes during the school year. It is very important that you use the discussion questions immediately after the clip. Get the students talking. They can teach each other. The kit is not meant to take a lot of instructional time. It is designed to have a large impact on school culture while taking a very small amount of class time.
In that spirit, the questions are meant to be lively discussion starters and not a written assignment that you need to review and grade. Do what you have to do to get them to open up. The humor in the clips is there for a reason. It gives the students something comfortable to comment on. For each clip, the questions start off light and then move to areas that might make the students uncomfortable. Push them, it’s worth it.
Go to www.DontBullyOnline.com and navigate to the “Printable Resources” section. After purchasing the kit, you will receive a code to gain access. Print out “The Anti Bullying Pledge”. You will have a choice between one per page or two per page (in order to save paper). You will also have a choice between a pledge that addresses sexual orientation and one that does not. The one that does not is intended for elementary grades. You will also gain access to the instructions for the pledge. It is very important that the school keeps the pledge in the students’ permanent folders. More on this once you access the resource section using the code you will receive and read the instructions for using the pledge.
Show tough talk, “Signing the Pledge” school wide on the same day. After the pledge is signed by each student, place in permanent files or store on the school grounds in some capacity. You may want to use multi-colored paper and post all the pledges throughout school before taking them down and storing them. Once again, more on this once you access the “Printable Resources” section on www.BullyingResources.com and enter code you will receive once you purchase the kit.
Show Tough Talk, “Apologizing Takes Courage” the day after the pledge is signed. Once again, do this school wide.
Use the rest of the “Tough Talks” throughout the year as “tune-ups”.
The Al La Carte Approach
This approach assumes you already have activities and curriculum in place. For example, your students may have already signed an anti bullying pledge. If so, you would not need to use mine. However, I feel if they signed a general conduct pledge, you should still use the one in the kit because it deals exclusively with bullying. Maybe you have already conducted anti bullying teacher workshops. You would save my teacher workshop for next year and follow the rest of the above steps. Perhaps you already have a strong anti bullying program but love the idea of using the comedy clips during anti bullying week in October. You get the idea. You use the components of the kit as you see fit in order to augment what you are already doing.
Run a school wide anti bullying campaign
“Keith’s anti bullying resources were well received by the teachers, students, and administrators. The students are always asking when we are going to show another comedy clip.”
-Dan Durglo District Anti Bullying Coordinator St. Ignatius Public Schools, MT
“This has been one of the most effective anti bullying resources we have ever implemented. The students are engaged by and learn from the serious comedy clips.The follow up questions provided with the kit really help bring the lessons home.”
-Rodney Alaimo Niagara County Youth Bureau Niagara Falls, NY
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