Anti-bullying assets for superior schoolers

Welcome back again, Superheroes! The thirty day period of October is stuffed with several interesting happenings (Drop split! Halloween!) but it is also the thirty day period when we honor the Nationwide Bullying Prevention marketing campaign. Started in 2006 by PACER’S Countrywide Bullying Prevention Heart, this marketing campaign serves to unite communities throughout the nation by education and consciousness of bullying avoidance.

In my past write-up, I talked about the detrimental consequences bullying has on higher pupils, and promised to observe up with some terrific community resources, classroom activities and lesson designs, and suggestions we can all use to assist our pupils and market inclusivity. Study on to locate out additional!

PACER’S lesson strategies & classroom actions

The Nationwide Bullying Avoidance Middle web page has various resources for educators to use to encourage kindness, acceptance and inclusion in their classrooms. Their 4-7 days University student Activity Package is packed with pursuits centered all-around weekly themes these as learning how kindness and inclusion can support avert bullying and determining strategies in which college students can continue to generate a far more accepting planet. In addition, educators can buy free of charge Unity Day posters to beautify their school rooms with. They also supply Classroom Instrument Kits that consist of oodles of fun and engaging actions and supplies for all K-12 classrooms – so go the connection alongside to any other superheroes you know. Lastly, really don’t forget about to have on orange on Unity Working day (Oct 19th) to send a visible concept of unity, kindness, acceptance and inclusion to remind college students that they are not on your own. 

Even even though we are superheroes, we can not be with our college students all hours of the day. The good news is, there are great neighborhood means that offer assist for teens. In this article are a couple:

Teenager Lifeline. Teenagers can call Teen Lifeline 24/7/365, or they can textual content weekdays 12 p.m.-9 p.m. and weekends 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Peer Counseling is also obtainable 3 p.m.-9 p.m. each and every day. If a teen resides in Maricopa County, they can contact/text (602) 248-8336. If a teen resides outside the house of Maricopa County, they can call/textual content (800) 248-8336. Check out out the Teen Lifeline web page for far more details and assist. 

Oneᐧnᐧten. This nonprofit charitable group is committed to furnishing a supportive and safe and sound house in which LGBTQ youth can recover, study resources to strengthen self-esteem and self-acceptance, and confidently increase to their total probable. The organization delivers many methods and programs for teens, mother and father and neighborhood users. Examine out the Oneᐧnᐧten internet site for far more information and help. 

Tips from present-day superior university students

Using inspiration from the peer-counseling available by means of Teenager Lifeline, I requested my students to share guidelines and tips they employ to beat the outcomes of bullying. Numerous pupils use guided meditation and mindfulness activities these as this 1 to reduce tension and anxiety. Students also stressed the significance of self-treatment. Self-care ideas include things like producing a gratitude list, consuming natural (non caffeinated) tea and listening to your favored tunes. A fellow teacher advised developing a class exercise/assignment for learners to produce their own self-care checklists (Thanks for the plan, Milt!), and so I will be sharing these posters from Pinterest for inspiration and steerage. And lastly, several learners spoke openly about the value of trying to get specialist counseling assistance to improve self-acceptance and self-really worth. Don’t forget, in studying you will teach, and in teaching you will understand.

I am over and above honored to do the job in these kinds of an unbelievably sort, supportive and inclusive job, and I drastically admire your motivation to making certain our students sense viewed and listened to. I am also fired up to operate by way of the 4-Week Pupil Exercise Package with my Seniors this month, and I will be positive to include updates in my future posts. In the meantime, unfold kindness close to like confetti and wear orange on Oct 19th!

About the author

Ashley Burkart is a Senior STEM Trainer at Bioscience Large School in Phoenix. STEM study was her very first enthusiasm as she holds a Masters in Biomedical Science from Midwestern University. When she isn’t teaching tomorrow’s leaders, she is possibly hanging out with her pet dogs, Raven and Bailey, or climbing the stunning mountains of Arizona.