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 is a teacher trainer, author, and international speaker. She is the host of American TESOL’s Free Friday Webinars and the Social Media Community Manager for The Consultants-E. She has co-founded and organized the acclaimed educational projects, Edchat, ELTChat, The Reform Symposium E-Conference and the ELTON nominated Virtual Round Table language and technology conference. Her prolific presence in the educator community through social media has been recognized by several notable entities, such as The New York Times, UNESCO Bangkok, Edweek, Converge Magazine, the United Federation of Teachers, the 140 Conference, Mashable, English Central, Tefl.net, and T/H/E JOURNAL. Her education blog, Teacher Reboot Camp, is ranked as one of the top 10 language teaching and technology blogs and the 50 best blogs for education leaders. In 2012 find her book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators published by Eye on Education and participate with over 7000 educators worldwide in this online professional development course that helps educators develop Personal Learning Networks and accomplish social media and teaching goals. Find her on Twitter, @ShellTerrell. Shelly has taught English language learners at various levels since 1998 in the US, Greece, and in Germany. She currently presents and hosts workshops on integrating technology effectively with young learners and adults. Shelly holds an Honours BA in English and a minor in Communication with a specialization in Electronic Media from the University of Texas in San Antonio and an Honours MA in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix.

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