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Steve Ransom

Debunking a bullying factoid | NetFamilyNews.org - 31 views

  • “160,000 students stay home from school each day due to bullying.”
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    Debunking the VERY often-touted statistic that  "160,000 students stay home from school each day due to bullying" 
Steve Ransom

Teen Study: Social Media Is Positive Experience : NPR - 24 views

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    Teens see meanness, but they still see social media spaces as a good thing 70% say folks are mostly kind overall 8% only say they have been bullied 88% have witnessed meanness/bullying Teens do care about privacy and think about how it will reflect on them in the future - digital footprint
Steve Ransom

SmartBlog on Education - Bullying prevention from the ground up - SmartBrief, Inc. Smar... - 11 views

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    One of the best articles I've read on combatting the many forms of bullying in schools.
Professional Learning Board

Bullying Solution - 22 views

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    During childhood, children learn and practice the skills they will need in their adult lives. Bullying is an unpleasant but inevitable part of life that happens in virtually every social group. If children don't learn how to deal with hostility in their formative years, how will they manage when they grow up and have to face hostility from their co-workers, bosses, spouses and children?
Martin Burrett

Take A Stand Together - Anti-bullying - 0 views

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    A useful site which highlight the effects of bullying and how it can be stopped. http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/PSHE%2C+RE%2C+Citizenship%2C+Geography+%26+Environmental
Phil Taylor

Online bullying: Still way less common than in real life | Safe and Secure - CNET News - 13 views

  • Pew Internet & American Life Project for the Family Online Safety Institute and Cable in the Classroom--concluded that "[m]ost American teens who use social media say that in their experience, people their age are mostly kind to one another on social network sites." Nearly seven in ten (69 percent) of teens said that peers are mostly kind while 20 percent said peers are mostly unkind with 11 percent saying, "it depends."
Peter Horsfield

Nicholas Lowinger - Extraordinary People Changing the Game - 0 views

  • For Nicholas Lowinger, having a comfy pair of shoes is as important as having just the right size of clothing. Shoes can be a source of embarrassment and can trigger bullying. A good pair of shoes can motivate a person to go out there and mingle, confident and comfortable in his/her footwear. At five years old, he gave away shoes he had outgrown. But shoes that don’t fit defeat the purpose. So when he was only 10 years old, he founded Gotta Hav
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    For Nicholas Lowinger, having a comfy pair of shoes is as important as having just the right size of clothing. Shoes can be a source of embarrassment and can trigger bullying. A good pair of shoes can motivate a person to go out there and mingle, confident and comfortable in his/her footwear. At five years old, he gave away shoes he had outgrown. But shoes that don't fit defeat the purpose. So when he was only 10 years old, he founded Gotta Have Sole, a foundation that gives away new shoes that perfectly fit kids and teens in homeless shelters. To read more about Nicholas Lowinger visit www.thextraordinary.org
Professional Learning Board

Bullying: Shared Values - 11 views

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    Consider what it is that you want for the children in your home, school or community. From each pair, think about whether you lean more toward A or B:
Gail Braddock

The Wounded Spirit - 0 views

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    The is the story of the author Frank Peretti was diagnosed with cystic hygroma. The book Wounded Spirit is a must read for teachers, and children and youth workers
Melissa Seifman

Education Outrage: Why do we still have schools? - 1 views

  • Competition: Why should school be a competitive event?
  • We learn what we choose to know in real life.
  • Stress: When 6 year olds are stressed about going to school you know that something is wrong.
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  • Right answers: School teaches that there are right answers.
  • But, in real life, there are very few right answers.
  • Bullying and peer pressure
  • In school there are always other kids telling you how to dress, how to act, how to be cool.
  • Stifling of curiosity: Isn’t it obvious that learning is really about curiosity?
  • Adults earn about things they want to learn about. Before the age of 6, prior to school, one kid becomes a dinosaur specialist while another knows all about dog breeds. Outside of school people drive their own learning. Schools eliminate this natural behavior.
    • Tero Toivanen
       
      Exactly!
  • Subjects chosen for you:
  • Classrooms:
  • Classrooms make no sense as a venue for learning unless of course you want to save money and have 30 (or worse hundreds of) students be handled by one teacher.
  • Schools cannot work as places of learning if they employ classrooms.
  • Grades: Any professor can tell you that students are pretty much concerned with whether what you are telling them will be on the test and what they might do for extra credit.
    • Melissa Seifman
       
      I disagree - Employers do have rating systems, performance evaluations, but most of those are on the whole person, not just technical or academic skills
  • Parents do not give grades to children and employers do not give grades to employees. They judge their work and progress for sure, but not by assigning numbers to a report card.
  • Certification: We all know why people attend college. They do primarily to say they are college graduates so they can get a job or go on to a professional school.
    • Caroline Roche
       
      So, why is this the student's fault? Why blame, or disadvatage them for this? We should be fighting the system that causes students to work like this, not blaming them for doing it! it is the constant testing and league table system that is wrong.
  • Confined children: Children like to run around.
  • Academics viewed as winners: Who are the smartest kids in school?
  • Of course in school, sitting still is the norm. So we have come up with this wonderful idea of ADD, i.e. drug those who won’t sit still into submission. Is the system sick or what?
  • Those who are good at these subjects go on to be professors. So those are certainly the smartest people we have in our society.
  • But, I can tell you from personal experience that our society doesn’t respect professors all that much, so something is wrong here.
  • Practical skills not valued: When I was young there were academic high schools and trade high schools. Trade high schools were for dumb kids. Academic high schools were for smart kids.
  • The need to please teachers: People who succeed at school are invariably people who are good out at figuring what the teacher wants and giving it to them.
  • In real life there is no teacher to please and these “grade grubbers” often find themselves lost.
  • Self worth questioned: School is full of winners and losers.
  • In school, most everyone sees themselves as a loser. Why do we allow this to happen?
  • Politicians in charge: Politicians demand reform but they wouldn’t know reform if it hit them over the head.
  • What they mean is that school should be like they remember rather than how it is now
  • Government use of education for repression: As long as there have been governments there have been governments who wanted people to think that the governments (and the country) is very good.
  • School is about teaching “truth.”
  • Discovery not valued: The most important things we learn we teach ourselves.
    • Tero Toivanen
       
      Autotelic learning!
  • This kind of learning is not valued in school because it might lead to, heaven forbid, failure, and failure is a really bad word in school. Except failure is how we learn, which is pretty much why school doesn’t work.
    • Tero Toivanen
       
      Exactly!
  • Boredom ignored: Boredom is a bad thing. We drug bored kids with Ritalin so they will stop being bored.
  • Major learning by doing mechanism ignored: And last but not least, scholars from Plato to Dewey have pointed that people learn by doing. That is how we learn. Doing. Got it? Apparently not. Very little doing in schools. Unless you count filling in circles with number 2 pencils as doing.
    • Caroline Roche
       
      Not accepting students with straight A's only shows your own prejudices. Students can be good at a range of subjects, without being passionately interested in all of them. Lots of people are self motivated, without being teacher pleasers, they just wish to do their best in everything for their own satisfaction.
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    Why do we have schools? Instead of answering this question by listing all the good things that schools provide, which anyone can do, I will turn the question around: What is bad about having schools?
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    Why do we have schools? Instead of answering this question by listing all the good things that schools provide, which anyone can do, I will turn the question around: What is bad about having schools?
kravmaga1

7 Reasons Why Kids Should Learn Self-Defense - 0 views

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    Our environment is getting more and more physically and psychologically dangerous. Bullying is a serious problem affecting children more than anyone.
jo group

New free educational social game for schools! - 0 views

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    SMILEY - Social Mindedness in Learning Community is project funded within the domain of Lifelong Learning Programme in Europe. The aim of SMILEY is to implement awareness‐raising program in schools realizing the specific course facing the most current social topics. It helps teachers to deal with the social problem issues, such as bullying and to face possible students' violent attitudes through enjoyable online ERPG (Edu Role‐playing Game) developed according the pupils' social awareness. The title of this friendly educational game is "Your Town" and short DEMO you can easily access through the following link http://smileyschool.eu/demo/ Game is for free and is already available in English, Italian, Polish, Romanian and Turkish language. Currently there are already 80 schools across the EU involved in this project and we have got very positive feedbacks both from children and teachers.
jo group

New social educational game SMILEY!! - 0 views

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    SMILEY - Social Mindedness in Learning Community implements awareness‐raising program in schools realizing the specific course facing the most current social topics. It helps teachers to deal with the social problem issues, such as bullying and to face possible students' violent attitudes through enjoyable online ERPG (Edu Role‐playing Game) developed according the pupils' social awareness. The title of this friendly educational game is "Your Town" and short DEMO you can easily access through the following link http://smileyschool.eu/demo/ Game is for free and is already available in English, Italian, Polish, Romanian and Turkish language. Currently there are already 80 schools across the EU involved in this project and we have got very positive feedbacks both from children and teachers.
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