Ideas for National Bullying Prevention Month (Infographic)

“Today I shall behave, as if this is the day I will be remembered.” ~ Dr. Seuss

From kindergarten to high school I was bullied. I love books, wore bifocals for a long time, won a lot of academic awards, and always made the honor roll. Yup, I was a pretty good candidate to be bullied. I learned later to make friends with the toughest and most popular. This sometimes involved doing their homework, going to detention for some, etc. I know you might think that is morally wrong, but when you are bullied you will do what it takes to make it stop. In kindergarten it started with a girl who always pinched me. In 6th grade, it escalated to two girls a foot taller than me and 2 grades above me who made each school day hell. Each day I walked home, they would call me horrible names. In gym class, I dreaded any kind of sport, because it meant I’d get hit by a ball or hurt by them “accidentally.” In high school, it was seeing my name scribbled on the bathroom wall with obscenities. The kids in my schools were not nice. They knew how to bully. I wish my experience was the worse I had seen but I knew kids who were bullied worse than me.

Bullying in the school environment and online is a problem we must continually strive to solve. Bullying has lead to numerous suicides as well as impacts the learning environment.  October is National Bullying Prevention Month. The National Bullying Prevention Month Infographic below, created by the Liahona Academy for Boys, highlights some of the different campaigns that help people get involved in the stop bullying movement. My favorite is the Choose Your Own Adventure Texting game. Below the infographic, I share more resources and ideas.

Bullying Prevention Infographic October 2013

Bullying Prevention Month October 2013

Provided by:Liahona Academy

Additional Resources:

These are more resources to get students reflecting on the issue. The idea is to get students to feel the impact and confront these feelings.

Challenge:

Do at least one activity, even if not from this post, to help your learners reflect on the impact of bullying.

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations

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