{giveaway} *Winner Announced* "Just Kidding": School Counselor Blog Back to School Contest Day 8

Just KiddingI am so excited to host the School Counselor Blog Back to School Contest, which is 10 days of daily giveaways starting September 1st and ending on September 10th!

Today is day eight of the School Counselor Blog Back to School Contest.

Today's giveaway for the School Counselor Blog Back to School Contest is Just Kidding by Trudy Ludwig.

If you are looking for a great book to talk to boys in third through sixth grade about bullying, Just Kidding is the answer! 

My school counseling intern, Courtney, introduced me to Just Kidding. We facilitated bullying lessons with fifth grade students by gender. We divided all of the 5th graders up and did a three lesson series with boys and a three lesson series with girls. (I plan to repeat this and I will share what we did soon!) We used Just Kidding for one of the lesson with all of the fifth grade boys. They absolutely loved Just Kidding!

Just Kidding is about a boy, DJ, who is bullied by his friend Vince. When Vince is mean to DJ he always says that he is "just kidding." DJ realizes that Vince's "kidding" has gone too far and asks for help from his dad and teacher.

We used Just Kidding to open up a dialogue about the difference between "kidding"and being mean on purpose.

I work in an inner-city school so it was important to use the language that kids use during our lesson.  We talked about the difference between "messin'" and "playin.'" Students explained that "playin'" is when both people are having fun. "Messin'" is when one person is doing something to make the other person feel bad or hurt the other person.

The boys liked coming up with examples of "messin'" and "playin.'" We also talked about who they could turn to for help if a situation when from "playin'" to "messin.'"

I would recommend Just Kidding to school counselors working with students in third through sixth grade. It may be a little young for some sixth graders, but Just Kidding was just perfect for fifth grade boys.

I have to say that I LOVE Trudy Ludwig books! I am looking forward to her new book Better Than You coming out on September 13. I already pre-ordered Better Than You and plan to use it with my fifth grade boys!

The Giveaway:
One lucky winner (U.S. only) will be chosen at random to win a copy of Just Kidding by Trudy LudwigThe contest for this giveaway will be closed at midnight and a winner will be announced on this item's contest page on September 9th.

How to enter:
Add a relevant comment to this contest page about how you would use Just Kidding in your work with students. The comment must appear on this item's contest page (this page). 

Want bonus entries?
Share on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or your Blog, about the contest or a specific item's contest page. Make sure to provide links back to the contest page or a specific item's contest page. For each place you visit and do this, come back to the item's contest page and leave a comment explaining where you shared information about the contest!

Good luck everyone!


Congratulations to Krystal!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest and shared great ideas of how you would use Just Kidding in your work with students!

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Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and blogger at School Counselor Blog, a place where school counselors share innovative ideas, creative lesson plans, and quality resources.  Contact Danielle via email, follow her on twitter, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.


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