For National Bullying Prevention Month: Teaching Tolerance

indexFor  National Bulying Prevention Month and anytime you want to focus students on the all-important subject of tolerance, here are resources from the PBS NewsHour’s EXTRA cite for teachers.  Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, is a place for educators to find thought-provoking news, conversation and support for those who care about diversity, equal opportunity and respect for differences in schools.

Start here with their basics about bullying. For a holistic look at bullying  that addresses the problem of bullying as a behavior that can be changed, read this Teaching Tolerance article, “There Are No Bullies” and try out their Tool Kit designed to help all students create healthy relationships.

For an in-depth lesson and engaging documentary visit Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case That Made History, which tells the story of Jamie Nabozny– a bullied student who fought back and won. Jamie is also recognized as a human rights defender by the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights and is featured in a lesson plan from Speak Truth To Power.

Teaching Tolerance was a favorite resource when I was in the classroom, where I would receive the Teaching Tolerance Magazine and hang their thought-provoking posters.

Please  share your experience with any of these resources or send in some of your favorites.

Arthur Stands Up To Bullying

Parents and teachers can raise awareness of bullying and tolerance using resources from PBS Kids Arthur and PBS LearningMedia. ARTHUR, television’s longest-running children’s animated series, kicks off its spring season with a week of all-new episodes, including two devoted to the issue of bullying. The week begins with “The Last Tough Customer” on Monday, May 6. In this episode, the Tough Customers realize it’s time to quit bullying and set out to find a new hobby – but can Molly ever truly change her ways? Watch a sneak preview!

Then on Friday, May 10, in “So Funny I Forgot to Laugh,” Arthur thinks his jokes about Sue Ellen’s new sweater are all in good fun, but Sue Ellen’s feelings are hurt. Has Arthur become…a bully?

Visit ARTHUR’S parents and teachers’ site for more resources, including lesson plans like Arthur’s World Neighborhood with activities, resources, and tips to help kids explore cultural diversity within their own community and around the world. The curriculum was developed especially for students in grades 2-3 but activities can easily be adapted for younger or older audiences.

To also help raise students’ awareness on bullying and tolerance, you’ll find preK-3 resources on bullying as well as those for older grades at PBS LearningMedia.