Bullying and Bully Prevention

New statistics, surveys, and viewpoints in the world of education popped up throughout the month of March 2018 on topics ranging from student bullying to STEM to education for prisoners. Here’s our monthly roundup of articles you may have missed, that you’ll definitely find interesting. How P-16 education can increase women in STEM fields (Education… Read More

This is a Student’s Brain on Trauma

By Jennifer Gunn March 26, 2018

Trauma and stress can alter a young person’s brain functions, impacting learning, causing behavioral problems, and igniting a cycle of violence. Poverty, violence, sexual abuse, food insecurity, and home instability are just a few factors causing brain-altering stress for our nation’s kids. The National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) reports that nearly 50 percent of… Read More

7 Reactions to ’13 Reasons Why’

By The Room 241 Team June 28, 2017

Earlier this year, Netflix released a new series based on a bestselling 2007 YA novel by Jay Asher—and it’s got people talking, a lot. From start to finish, 13 Reasons Why tells the story of Hannah Baker, a high school student who deals with everything from bullying to assault, and ultimately decides (we learn in episode one)… Read More

As a parent, it’s painful to see children sitting alone on the playground. I remember my own kindergarten days when I read on the playground because I didn’t yet have a friend, or I think of my kids and hope that recess is the fun playtime it should be for them. Students build social skills… Read More

It is no understatement to say that in 2016, Americans live in interesting, if not nasty, political times. One significant contributor to the troublesome climate is Donald Trump, the presidential candidate whose platform of anti-immigration rhetoric appears to have worked its way into schools across the nation, from high school sporting events to elementary classroom… Read More

Character.org is a non-profit organization dedicated to K-12 character education, a field that includes ethics, civics and social-emotional learning. “As our society continues to become more diverse and increasingly global, these core values are essential in home, schools and workplaces,” said CEO Becky Sipos. “Despite this shift, we continue to hear an emphasis on grit… Read More

Alexandra Penn, founder and crisis intervention specialist at Champions Against Bullying (CAB), urges teachers to use lesson plans that include tools for building confidence and self-esteem and discuss the importance of friendship and understanding individual differences. “We may look different, observe different holidays [and] dress differently, but inside we all want to belong and fit… Read More

Recently, a rather upsetting photo went viral on social media. A Columbus, Ohio, woman named Merritt Smith posted a picture showing an ugly gash on her four-year-old daughter’s cheekbone. The injury occurred when a boy in the child’s preschool class hit her with a toy, and it was deep enough to require stitches. ‘Hurting is… Read More

Most teachers can recall points in their formative years when they were students in a classroom with a negative culture. Many remember how damaging it was to their overall desire to learn. Negative classroom environments are not conducive for learning, whether they’re the result of bullies or teachers who aren’t proactive about classroom management. Teachers… Read More

In late May of this year, video of a 10-year-old’s speech competition entry took the Internet by storm. It wasn’t due to inappropriate material or a surprise visit from a superstar, but because speaker Connor Yates shared his personal experience of what it means to have high-functioning autism (HFA). Connor Yates goes viral with a… Read More

What Teachers Should Know About How Bullying Manifests

By Caitrin Blake July 7, 2015

For many years, bullying was perceived as overt and physical: pushing, shoving or other violent misbehavior. Since the turn of the century, more subtle types of bullying have moved to the forefront of the conversation. Mental health professionals know that children and teens often use non-violent means to dominate and control others. In order to… Read More

Teaching Social Justice in Theory and Practice

By Caitrin Blake May 13, 2015

Historically, classrooms have been the stage for social change, providing a venue to promote and accelerate new ideas. In addition to academic instruction, one of a classroom teacher’s most important roles is to help students develop the critical thinking, collaboration, and self-reflection skills necessary to foster a better society. Goals of social justice Social justice… Read More

What Should K-12 Students Learn About Feminism?

By Caitrin Blake March 17, 2015

In K-12 education, the most common debate over gender equity might be hidden biases in the ways teachers treat male and female students. But because feminism, sexism and gender equality inform middle and high school students’ self-perception and knowledge, teachers should recognize the value of discussing them in the classroom. Discussing feminism as defined and… Read More

Just for APs: Teaching Alternatives to Fighting and Tattling

By Terry Wilhelm January 20, 2015

I’ve discussed a variety of actions I took as a principal who worked without an assistant principal to change a culture of fighting at an elementary school. Another component of my long-term work on this problem was to implement response alternatives to provocations that could lead to fighting but also to tattling, which is a… Read More

Perhaps the most controversial action I took as a principal addressing my school’s fighting culture was imposing a new kind of consequence upon the fighters: cooperating on a project. To help accomplish this, I used our school’s full-time school community liaison (CL), funded from a grant, who worked in a variety of roles with parents… Read More