RCW School Social Work Newsletter
No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world. ~Robin Williams
Bullying and the effects on our Children
Talking with USA Today, A fifth grader at Franklin Elementary in Mankato, MN a very important question. “Why single out somebody who has special needs?” he inquires. As indicated by the U.S. Division of Health & Human Services site, kids with incapacities are at an expanded risk of being harassed. “Any number of variables — physical helplessness, social aptitude challenges, or narrow minded situations — may expand the risk,” it says.
Be that as it may, for James Willmert, a special needs student, his five friends have worked eagerly to battle off bullies and incorporate him in class exercises. They started by including him in their schoolyard exercises, inviting him over for video games, and talking to him at length about his favorite hobby, sports. What’s more, what these five young men have done have really had a significant influence on James’ socialization, and his mom says his improvement has been amazing. “They’re changing him,” she says with a smile.
Bullying education – Lesson Plan
Compiled by Katie Gould, Teacher Resource Producer for the PBS NewsHour
1. Crumpled Paper Lesson
- Either provide paper or have students take out a sheet of their own. As a class, ask for students to volunteer words that describe the blank sheet of paper. For example: clean, smooth, useful, etc.
- Now instruct students to crumple the paper, mess it up, stomp on it, everything except rip it.
- Tell students to unfold the paper, smooth it out and try to get the paper back to its original state. Encourage them to use whatever tools they can to make the paper the same way it was when they started this exercise. After letting the students try to “fix” their paper have them examine it and as a class share words that describe it. For example: dirty, wrinkled, practically destroyed, etc.
- Now ask students to apologize to the sheet of paper- admit all the things you did to it and tell it that you are sorry for what you did.
- Have students to reflect on what they did to the paper and the state that it is now in. Think of how even though they had apologized and did everything they could to return the paper to its original state that that there are still many scars that their behavior had left on the paper and those scars will never really go away completely.
- Now explain to the class that this is the same principle that happens to people when they are bullied. Even if there is a heartfelt apology the scars never completely go away.
- Give students time to reflect on the message and debrief as a class about their reaction to the activity.
The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart. ~Helen Keller
The School Social Work mission is to promote academic success by reducing social, emotional, economic, and environmental barriers to learning.
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Sarah Reznechek, LSW and Laura Betker, LSW