There is a huge discrepancy between what students thing and what teachers think

The information presented in this course that I found most interesting was the huge discrepancy between what students think and what teachers/school staff think when it comes to bullying in their school. While adults may believe they are doing enough, students do not think we are. That alone should be enough reason to dig deeper into how to better be there for and better help our students. Another aspect I found very interesting was the whole concept of how we are at a turning point in education because it is our duty, using the zone of proximal development, to better equip our students with the tools to navigate not one but TWO worlds – the “dirt” world and the digital world at the same time. This is something that was never really needed before, but became so dominant over the past decade that it can no longer be ignored. And it is our job to help young adults to best handle themselves in both worlds now. The information I found most valuable was all of Jill Brown’s lessons that are available. The eight essential questions, lesson plans, handouts, and videos so that we could see it in action…all are so valuable that I copied and pasted and saved ideas for my own classroom discussion lessons on bullying. I very much appreciated that the text was available, the videos were available, and we can see actual students dealing with hard questions together in a group. This is going to make it that much easier to apply the same lessons and principals in my own room with my students next year. This information will impact my ability to maintain safety, order, and rights in my school by giving me the knowledge and resources I need to better prevent bullying among my students and my school as well as help my students with how to best handle themselves when I or another adult is not around. The real key is that practice and discussion together as a group and with an adult is just one half of it, and the other half is that the tools my students learn with me are going to help them maintain their OWN safety, order, and rights.

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Remember to slow down

This has reminded us to slow down and take time for conversation with each other/to build relationships instead of just "work" all the time

Effects of trauma on the brains of children

What I found most interesting was the information relating to the effects of trauma on the brains of children.

Cultivating a strong bond can help students in many ways

It is something tangible that I can work on each and every day of the school year, without needing to be within the context of bullying or harassment.

The Teacher Student Relationship is so important

One of the things that I found most interesting was learning about is how important the teacher-student relationship is.

Persistence keeps the program going

Randy, a boy at School 2 has been struggling (basically failing most subjects) in school for several years. When I met him his teachers, counselors, parents and administration were frustrated and simply did not know how to support and motivate him academically. He was always forgetting things, not turning in work, failing tests and disorganized. Last year in lunch bunch we worked on self-advocacy. This email is a testament to his advocating for himself…he continuously went to the counselor’s office asking to bring back Gen Text because our work with him supports him academically, socially and emotionally! How awesome is this?????

Valuable insight and understanding

Ultimately, the skills have a direct impact on decision making, self-advocating, communication efforts, and positively effecting relationships.