This month, Miss Dooley, my VCU student, is working in first grade classes on the topic of friendship and conflict resolution. If you have a first grader, be sure to ask him/her about Franklin the turtle and how he learns to be a good friend! Here are some of the books that Miss Dooley will read to the students.
I have spent the past month visiting each third grade class to review the topic of bullying. Of course it a topic of importance here at Ridge as we are a NBA school (No Bullying Allowed). The teachers have been infusing the topic of bullying into their curriculum thus far into the school year but I wanted to get into further detail. The main focus of my lessons was first teaching the students the skills they need to handle bullying and then allowing them the time to practice and role play out different scenarios. We know that bullying occurs mostly: in the bathroom, hallway, playground, and cafeteria and that is most likely because the teacher is not with the students during those times. Bullying, as we discussed, is about power. When a student bullies another student, they take a little power away from that student. When a bystander, term used for students in the class who can help the victim, stands up to the bully and tells them to stop, then the bully doesn’t get any power from that particular student, and in fact could lose some power. Bullies will not continue to bully if the class doesn’t allow for that behavior. We had a great time learning and role playing about bullying and now the students are definitely equipped with the skills they need to make Ridge a NBA school!
Welcome to my new blog! I have converted most of the information over to this format that used to be stored on my website. Please check back from time to time to see what is going on with the counseling program at Ridge!