I really loved the Eight Essential Questions and “Mean vs. Nice” As a speech-language pathologist I feel it is crucial to give students the language (vocabulary) to express their feelings. I cannot tell you how many times one of my language deficient students acted out because he didn’t have the vocabulary to accurately express himself. Students need to be taught how to identify mean and nice behaviors and to feel comfortable discussing them. I have already planning to use my social skill cards and encourage an open and honest dialogue about mean vs nice behaviors. 2. I found the idea of being a good citizen most valuable. I am planning to incorporate some lessons for my lower functioning students on why it is important to be a good citizen 3. I think this information will positively impact my ability to maintain the safety, order and rights value set because I am providing numerous opportunities for them to act in an appropriate manner.
One of the things that I found most interesting was learning about is how important the teacher-student relationship is.
You can not just do lesson on character education and bullying and expect students to be prepared to be 21st century dual citizens.
As a teacher I never considered discriminatory harassment in school or online for that matter, I always had one broad term, bullying.
I found this course to be very insightful and interesting on many different levels. First off, being a teacher I think it is always important to reflect and learn new teaching strategies.