Saturday, November 05, 2011

Bullying's Everlasting Scars

I love this! If you are a classroom teacher, you must take 15 minutes to do this anti-bullying activity with your students. I discovered this from a Tweet by Marilyn Mossman, which led me to this post by Taylor Martin.

A teacher in New York was teaching her class about bullying and gave them the following exercise to perform. She had the children take a piece of paper and told them to crumple it up, stomp on it and really mess it up but do not rip it. Then she had them unfold the paper, smooth it out and look at how scarred and dirty is was. She then told them to tell it they’re sorry. Now even though they said …they were sorry and tried to fix the paper, she pointed out all the scars they left behind. And that those scars will never go away no matter how hard they tried to fix it. That is what happens when a child bully’s another child, they may say they’re sorry but the scars are there forever. The looks on the faces of the children in the classroom told her the message hit home. Pass it on.


Rob Bayuk said...

An amazingly simple (and seemingly effective) demonstration. Thank you for sharing that.

Anonymous said...

This is a simple way to help students get the bigger picture. I am sure this will be very effective and I thank you for the idea.