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How to Stop Bullying and Social Aggression

How to Stop Bullying and Social Aggression
Elementary Grade Lessons and Activities That Teach Empathy, Friendship, and Respect

August 2008 | 200 pages | Corwin
How to Stop Bullying and Social Aggression is a research-based resource for K6 classrooms offering fun, interactive lessons and activities that simplify the instruction of skills critical to students' safety and well-being, promote healthy social-emotional development, and improve academic achievement. In clear, jargon-free language, the authors provide teachers, administrators, and counselors with strategies for engaging bullies, victims, and bystanders at their own level and include step-by-step explanations for every activity.

This user-friendly resource also features: Sidebars, sample scripts, and icons that highlight important information Suggestions for enhancing lessons

A supply list of commonly found classroom items within each lesson for quick and easy implementation

This book also helps school districts meet the curriculum requirements of recently enacted bullying laws by fostering positive youth development around issues of respect, conflict resolution, and interpersonal relationships.

About the Authors
1. "Same Page" Understanding of Violence, Respect, and Bullying
Defining Violence

What Is Bullying and Respect?

Ground Rules

Statistics and Studies

2. Solving Problems Peacefully and Resolving Conflicts Respectfully
The Five Steps

Statistics and Studies

3. Creating Empathy
What Makes You Feel....?

Emotional Statues: Recognizing Body Language

Statistics and Studies

Unit Test: Chapters 1-3
4. Emotional Control and Anger Management
Guided Visualizations and Anger Monster Poster

Feeling Clouds and Charades: Expressing Feelings in Pro-Social Ways

Deep Breathing and Positive Affirmations

ABCD Exercise

Statistics and Studies

5. Teaching Assertiveness
Teaching Assertive Communication

Handshaking: Using the Qualities of Assertiveness

Recognizing Assertive, Aggressive, and Passive Communication Styles

Practicing Assertive Statements

Assertiveness Role-Plays

Statistics and Studies

6. Responding to a Bully
Bully Proofing Plan of Action

Role-Playing the Bully Proofing Plan of Action

Statistics and Studies

Unit Test: Chapters 4-6
7. The Power of Bystanders
What's a Bystander to Do?

Tattling Versus Teling, A.K.A. Ratting Versus Reporting

Statistics and Studies

8. Playful Teasing Versus Hurtful Taunting
Defining Playful Teasing Versus Hurtful Taunting

You Be the Judge

Statistics and Studies

9. Making Friends: Strategies to Resist Social Aggression
Definition of Social Aggression

Likes and Yikes: Determining Friendship Qualities

Personal Boundaries

Finding New Friends

Statistics and Studies

Unit Test: Chapters 7-9
Final Test: Chapters 1-9
Resource A: Problems and Conflicts to Resolve

Resource B: Assertive Statements

Resource C: Assertive Communication Scenarios

Resource D: Lesson Outlines


“Presents novel strategies to help educators effectively respond to the bullying crisis in our schools. From treatment of animals to assertiveness training, conflict response to body language of the bullied, this book offers an innovative approach to teaching bully-proofing strategies.”

Rhonda Williams, Instructor in Counseling and Leadership
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

“In our ever-changing world, we have to teach social skills and character education, and this book hits on both topics while teaching children how to stop bullying.”

Melissa Albright, Sixth-Grade Teacher
Wilson's Creek 5/6th School, Springfield, MO

“The activities provide students with great opportunities to build respect, empathy, and friendships, and they help build awareness of ways to prevent bullying and build character in students.”

Amy B. Myers, Second-Grade Teacher
North Hills School District, Pittsburgh, PA

"A practical book packed with the kinds of anti-bullying strategies that teachers, coaches, therapists, and kids regularly request. Every chapter is packed with tips on how to stay physically and emotionally safe when bullying occurs, and children are coached to practice assertive behaviors and avoid the victim role."

Cheryl Dellasega, Professor, Penn State University
Author & Founder, Club Ophelia

“This timely book includes perfectly sequenced, content-enriched, practical lessons that will enhance any anti-bullying effort. The student-focused activities will facilitate and maintain learning of important anti-bullying concepts that can never be overemphasized.”

Allan L. Beane, Founder and President
Bully Free Systems

"Once educators appreciate the psychological and social significance of bullying, harassment, and emotional violence in schools, they are ready to translate that awareness into concrete actions. This is where this book comes in. Breakstone and his colleagues offer a well-grounded strategy and a series of tactical exercises designed to accomplish this critical mission."

James Garbarino, Director
Center for the Human Rights of Children, Loyola University of Chicago

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Ms Sandra Bonura
School Of Education, Chapman University - Orange
March 23, 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1

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