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PBS LearningMedia Supports Bullying Prevention Month

October 7, 2015 - Posted in Education

PBS LearningMedia’s first theme in October supports Bullying Prevention Month, with featured resources about bullying, conflict resolution and leadership.

Model to Combat Hate and Intolerance

What would you do to stop hate in your town? What does it mean to live in a safe and welcoming community? These are important questions for your students to ponder during Bullying Prevention Month (October) and as they settle into the new school year. This lesson plan based on the documentary, “Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness,” focuses on how a town comes together to take action after anti-immigrant violence devastates the community. The story will prompt your class to think about the underlying causes of violence, how to heal divisions and how to take steps to make sure all community members feel respected.

This simple, powerful story of people banding together offers a model that will arm you and your class with information to combat hate and intolerance: WATCH: http://to.pbs.org/1JxkWRV

Developing Acceptance and Leadership through Performing Arts

Adolescents often have a hard time with self-acceptance. On the one hand, they want to conform to their peers, and on the other, they want to discover their individuality – making it a struggle to strike the right balance. Teachers and parents may notice that they become uncommunicative, uncooperative or rebellious at school or home as they go through the process of figuring out who they are and where they fit in.

In this lesson from The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values (via WGBH), students will learn to experience self-acceptance and develop leadership skills through the performing arts. Activities such as improvisation, singing and movement help students better understand themselves, build their sense of confidence, appreciate their individuality, and use their newfound awareness to understand others. WATCH: http://to.pbs.org/1AxlxTY

Supported by ETV, PBS LearningMedia offers teachers more than 100,000 videos, images, interactives, lesson plans and articles drawn from critically acclaimed PBS programs and from expert content contributors like The National Archives and NASA. Educators in South Carolina are invited to sign up at http://scetv.pbslearningmedia.org.

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