Think how digital spaces, homes, schools, workplaces and everywhere else we human beings congregate would change were every child to be kindly, respectfully taught the following skills: Self-awareness: The ability to 1) recognize emotions and thoughts and how they affect behavior and 2) assess one’s strengths and limitations Self-management: The ability to regulate emotions, thoughts, […]
Category Archives: whole-school
There’s an upside and a serious downside to monitoring students in social media, and the upside doesn’t involve outsourcing (that was an understatement). You’ll see what I’m talking about when you get to the downside down there, but let’s start with where and how it would actually help.… In her thoughtful commentary, “What inner city […]
There’s probably no better testimony to the power of social-emotional learning than this UK student’s poem about what happens to the “bully” when victimizing someone else (don’t miss this 1:25 min. video of Garrett reading his poem). Garrett was a student at New Line Learning Academy in Maidstone, Kent, UK, when he read this poem […]
More than 50 Chicago schools were recommended for closure this year, but one of the four schools that won’t close isn’t closing because of its strong, successful social-emotional learning program, Education Week reports. Marcus Garvey Elementary School “is recognized for helping children develop empathy and problem-solving skills.” SEL is “problem-solving with dignity,” as teacher-songwriter Tontaneshia […]
“Bullying” is a loaded term to say the very least, and not using it could not only defuse a lot of fear and harmful overreaction when it happens, it could save lives. I’ll get to the life-saving part in a minute, but first the problem with using the word. Because of all the (certainly well-intended) […]
Some examples of and links to some creative strategies for bullying prevention and intervention being used in schools in other countries.
Two Nova Scotia boys’ act of kindness in 2007 is a powerful example of how to use the social norms model for defeating bullying and cyberbullying.
In light of some egregious cases in the news, we’re naturally seeing more and more calls for schools to take action against cyberbullying. Not surprisingly, students are wary of school interventions. “The effectiveness of adult interventions depends a lot ‘on context, school culture, climate, as well as the way in which each intervention is carried […]
Parents and educators may be interested in a groundbreaking new approach to anti-bullying instruction. Called “CAPSULE” for “Creating a Peaceful Learning Environment,” the program focuses on the entire school community instead of just on aggressive kids and teaches the need to understand rather than react to others, ScienceDaily reports. CAPSULE creates “a climate where feelings […]