October Class Meeting Menu
Identify sources of cyber bullying (text messages, Instagram, Facebook, SnapChat). Speak about appropriate ways to respond to cyber bullying (notify parents, notify school, notify police, positive messages, report to site). View the video below.
Have you met new friends? How do you meet new friends? Identify important friendship characteristics. Reflect on what kind of a friend you are. Have you noticed other students who need a friend?
Materials: ball of twine, kite string, or mason’s line (we have supplies available in the counseling office)
One student (or teacher) has the ball of string and shares one small fact about their life or an interest they have. Any other student in the classroom finds a way to connect, and raises their hand. The student with the twine holds the end of the twine and chooses where to pass it, preference given to students who have not connected yet. Each student who has connected holds the string and passes the ball of twine. The object is to have all students share something, creating a “web” that shows we are all connected through each other. The connections sometimes get very fun and creative, and rewinding the ball of twine is also a good team building activity.
Where do you see the most bullying or inappropriate behavior taking place? How can the student body help make those areas a safer place? Talk about the bus, the hallways, the cafeteria, and the locker rooms. Take it one step further and create a plan of action to be submitted to the Olweus committee.
Start with video and discuss failure and goal setting. Tie into a discussion about goal setting and their 1st Qt. in middle school. Are you happy with your 1st Qt. grades? What was your 1st quarter attendance like? Why is school attendance important? Did you meet your 1st Qt. Goals that you set for yourself? Why or why not? Set new goals for 2nd Qt.