“YOUER than YOU!” (47 out of 365) #blogaday

“Today you are YOU, that is TRUER than true. There is NO ONE alive who is YOUER than YOU!” ~ Dr. Seuss

In my motivation and management class today, we had a very powerful activity in which we analyzed children’s books and videos on the effects of bullying. It really affected me because I was bullied when I was younger and it is important for children to understand that even simple remarks about someone’s appearance can be hurtful. At the beginning of the term, my CT was teaching a bullying unit that touched on many of these issues. It was about reflecting on who you are and connecting with other people in the class, as well as having deeper conversations. Children need to have discussions about their experiences and how other people reacted when they told them. Bullying is a major cause of suicide and depression – it is a horrible action that people won’t stop doing unless they know the ramifications and full effects. This experience can be very heartwrenching since the students are sharing about personal issues going on. My CT also went through the packet with her responses before the children completed it, which helped build community and allow them to be vulnerable with each other. be yourself post2I found the Dr. Seuss quote a while back and thought it went very well with this post πŸ™‚ It can be difficult when someone is putting who you are down, but you have to remember that you are meant to be an individual and you have a purpose on this Earth as well! People shouldn’t tell you who to be or how to act because they aren’t in charge of your life. With all the cliques out there, it can be hard not to feel the need to alter yourself in order to fit in, BUT children need to understand that changing who you are is actually harder than just being yourself. Do what comes naturally and accept those who accept you πŸ™‚ be yourself postI also wrote a poem after class because I had to get my reflective thoughts out – click here to read: The Unnoticed


Beaten down by bullies (31 out of 365) #blogaday

​After watching the Animated Shorts yesterday, I realized how moved I was by the one entitled “The Dam Keeper.” It was about this young pig who worked in the dam factory and his experiences at school. He was bullied all the time by other students, the bus driver, teachers, townspeople – basically everyone in the town thought he was strange for being the only pig who was always covered in soot. I won’t give away anymore of the film, just go see it πŸ™‚ It was very powerful and I hope it wins!bullying postAs a future educator, it was very disheartening to see the adults teasing the pig and not teaching their children about accepting everyone. I really wanted to go inside the film and take care of him! Instead of simply letting this bullying happen, teachers should be there for the students and understand what is going on. The bullying programs in schools today have such an emphasis on telling an adult if something is wrong and discussing the bullying as a class. Many children learn that talking to someone about the bullying makes you a “tattle tale,” so they usually decide not to and hide inside themselves. It is very difficult to stop bullying when the adult that is meant to help actually gets you teased for being a “baby.” Bullying is such a powerful put-down for kids and it needs to stop – children who are bullies must be told that it is NOT ACCEPTABLE. I want to create a classroom space where the children won’t be bullied for telling me about their problems. I hope that if I share my past issues with bullying with them, it will make this a more approachable conversation.