January 23, 2012
As we launch No-Name Calling Week here at the junior high, it is a great time to look at some books that foster anti-bullying themes. One of my favorite read-alouds for this purpose is Say Something, by Peggy Moss. This Teachers’ Choice Award winner really illustrates the importance of being an upstander rather than a bystander. Another new book that I’m going to check out, is How to Beat the Bully Without Really Trying, by Scott Starkey. Starkey is an elementary school teacher who will be signing copies of his book at Book Revue in Huntington, on Saturday 1/28 at 4 p.m. (I always love to see teachers get a book deal!)
Closer to home, another educator working to combat bullying is our very own Kathleen Gibbs! Kathleen, a member of the character-ed committee, has been visiting every 6th grade reading class to discuss bullying. With a variety of anecdotal stories and interactive activities, her dynamic presentations have kept students engaged. Her sweet manner and gorgeous smile have put them at ease as they discuss this important topic. Thanks, Kathleen!