Increase empathy in the elementary classroom with ready-to-use lessons that teach students positive skills and attitudes.
Kids learn better and feel better about themselves in an atmosphere of safety and respect. This book shows you how to help students in grades three through six:
Foster kindness, compassion, and empathy
Respond to conflict
Address name-calling and teasing
Deal with bullying
With mini lessons that span those seven topic areas, you can build community and student relationships in 20 minutes or less per day. The prep work is already done: each of the 126 lessons has a script, and worksheets are available with the downloadable digital content.
Included in the book are anger management activities, conflict resolution strategies, and character-building lessons. And with concrete ideas about how to address bullying in the classroom, these lessons help students understand what bullying is and how they can stand up to bullies.
Based on a nationwide survey of more than 2,000 students and teachers, this resource can be used alone or as a complement to anti-bullying or character education programs already in place. The digital content in this book includes reproducible handouts, bonus activities, forms for parents, and information on schoolwide responses to bullying.
About the Author
Naomi Drew, M.A., is the award-winning author of eight books. She is recognized around the world for her work in conflict resolution, peacemaking, and anti-bullying. Her work has been instrumental in introducing the skills of peacemaking into public education and has been recognized by educational leaders throughout the world.
United Nations staffer Michiko Kuroda praised her work, saying, “Naomi Drew has adapted the techniques of negotiation to the needs of children.” She has been called a “master teacher and pathfinder in our culture.” Her work has been featured in magazines and newspapers, and on radio and national TV, including NBC, The New York Times, Time magazine, and Parents magazine. She has also served as a peaceful parenting expert for Classroom Close-up, an Emmy-winning public television show.
Naomi is a dynamic speaker who has inspired audiences far and wide. She has served as a consultant to school districts, parent groups, and civic organizations and headed up the New Jersey State Bar Foundation’s Conflict Resolution Advisory Panel for nine years, training K–12 trainers to develop more harmonious schools. Her work is rooted in a deep desire to create a more peaceful future for all people, her own two sons being the genesis of this desire. Imprinted on her brain are Gandhi’s words: “If we are to reach real peace in the world . . . we shall have to begin with children.”