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Bully-Free Starts With Me

Our guidance classes for National Bullying Prevention Month focused on cultivating kindness and empathy through taking initiative in everyday social interactions.

Early Years classes explored ways to build friendships and brainstormed characteristics of being a good friend, even when one’s beliefs and preferences differ from others’. We practiced sharing both stories and classroom materials with one another and reflected on the importance of showing kindness.

Elementary School classes took a closer look at bullying and how it plays out and affects others both inside and outside the classroom. We talked about seeing the situation from both sides — bullies and those being bullied — and the costs of being a bystander. We also explored social dynamics in the classroom and discussed how to avoid tattling and leaving people out.

Middle School classes explored safeguarding against bullying by building self-esteem. We discussed positive and negative self-talk and how to productively engage with thoughts that normally weigh us down. We did activities that helped us consider bullies’ motivations and what people being bullied would want bullies to know about them.

High School classes discussed how to resolve conflicts in relationships through honest, nonjudgmental communication and self-reflection. We talked about different strategies for expressing emotions without blaming, being aggressive, or inciting misunderstandings. We also discussed how to be more aware of our emotional tendencies and communicative styles to facilitate conflict resolution.

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EY/ES students were given a paper heart and instructed to crumple it, then try to return it to its original state. We talked about how it’s difficult to restore trust and communication once it’s lost, and brainstormed how to use kind words to resolve conflicts.

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Each class came up with their own interpretations of “empathy” and “being a bystander”.

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Spotlight on: Emotional Regulation

Our guidance class focus for this month has shifted from kindness and self-awareness to emotional regulation as a part of our anti-bullying campaign.

To capture students’ attention, every lesson began with the toothpaste activity. I took out a tube of toothpaste, passed it around the class, and asked each student to squeeze the toothpaste onto a plate. They reported that it was easy to do so. When I asked them to put it back exactly the way it had been before, the said that it was very difficult for them. I explained that it is a similar process when we say hurtful words in a moment of anger, and that we must practice self-control to think before we say something we might later regret.

Early Years classes focused on reading stories about anger and feeling left out, then brainstormed solutions to the stories as a class. Kindergarten classes analyzed picture scenarios of bullying in the playground and came up with solutions for each of the characters depicted. For third and fourth grade, we focused on creating a Wheel of Choice wherein each student got a slice of the circle and drew or wrote their preferred ways to calm themselves down. We assembled the wheel as a class and displayed them in the classrooms so that students can refer to them whenever they feel upset.

High school guidance classes have been focusing on the adolescent brain and how to navigate the structural and chemical changes that accompany adolescence. We have been learning basic aspects of neuroscience and how activity in the amygdala and prefrontal cortex influence our behavior.

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Welcome!

Hello, everyone!

One of our new initiatives for this school year is the implementation of Guidance Corners in every classroom. These will be areas designated for calming activities, mindfulness techniques, and emotional regulation strategies that students can use throughout the day. Certain Guidance Classes throughout the year will give students the chance to make crafts and design activities that will be featured in their Guidance Corners — whether it’s filling a box with soothing toys and books that they choose themselves, or the whole class creating a Choice Wheel to use when they need to take a break. This activity will be launched in the first week of September.

This month, our Guidance Classes will be focused on Kindness and Anti-Bullying. Please check the blog again soon for photos and updates!

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