Thursday, September 8, 2011

{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!


THE GIVEAWAY FOR THIS ITEM IS NOW OVER.


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!


Comments are now closed.



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.


    

32 comments:

  1. I would love to use this book with small groups of boys in my 4th and 5th grade classes! It would also fit right in with the No Name Calling Week I am hosting in January. I really hope I win this book!

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  2. This would be a great resource to use on the classroom or on small groups. We have a major problem with kids saying but I was just kidding around so this would help to reinforce the message that its not ok to be mean on purpose and follow it up with I was just kidding.

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  3. I think this will be a valuable tool to use in classroom and In skill-based counseling groups. Often we (me, teachers, admin) hear "I was kidding" From students and I do think this book would highlight the messages about our anti-bullying values, and help improve our school climate.

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  4. I think this would be a great tool to use with girls and boys in a classroom or small group. That is such a problem with students. If they say, I was just kidding, they think that their comment didn't matter and they are off the hook.

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  5. I would love to use this book during No Name Calling Week.

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  6. Oh! It would be wonderful to have a great book to use with boys! There aren't many that they can really connect with. And learning the difference between "kidding" and "bullying" is so important. I would definitely use this with my 3rd-5th grade boys!

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  7. Not only would I use this book with individuals and small groups of boys that are always using the excuse "I was just kidding!", I would also use this with those boys that exhibit fair/good behavior while at school, but seem to change into the "just kidding" boy on the bus. We have had several instances lately of things happening on the bus that would warrant a read through of a book like this.

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  8. I would love to use this book with my 4th and 5th grade boys. I find that they are "just kidding" all the time with each other! They need to know when they are hurting someone's feelings.

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  9. Many books use animals or girls for characters, I love that this one uses boys! I think it's important to have conversations with boys about how bullying isn't just physical fighting. This book would be a great resource for this at the elementary level.

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  10. I love, love, love this book! I used it last year during "No Name Calling Week" http://www.nonamecallingweek.org and it really hit home with my students. However, I don't own the book and had to borrow it from one of my counseling friends. It is a great addition to any counselor's library!

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  11. I would use this book with my 4th grade boys and girls small groups or maybe even in a full classroom setting.

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  12. This sounds like an awesome book!! I'd love to use this with our boys in 4th grade who are having some difficulty with this.

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  13. I love Trudy Ludwig's books but don't have this one yet! I think that this would be great to use with my 4th and 5th grade boys. I hear all of the time that they are "just kidding" or they will say "no offense". This would be a great resource to help convey to them that it is not funny and that it does hurt others feelings. I would love to add this resource to my collection!

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  14. Just Kidding would be great to add to my tool belt!!! Working with younger boys is new for me as my caseload as generally been all female. I am always looking for new creative ideas to help the kids and this would be a great addition.

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  15. This is for sure on my list of things to get! This "kidding" thing has always been an issue in our school building. I will be adding it to the character program to drive the point home!!

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  16. I just retweeted about this contest. @Driceyj

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  17. Also shared on my Facebook page

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  18. I just had a few 5th graders referred to my office for name calling. It has been a constant think with them since last year. This book would be a great resource for this particular group of students.

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  19. I love this book and Love Trudy Ludwig!!! I have borrowed this book from the library to use as a guidance lesson for 3rd and 4th grade! I would very much love to have my own copy!! This is a frequent problem at both of my schools:( Thanks for featuring it!

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  20. One of the other interns in my cohort introduced me to this book but I currently lack the funds to purchase it. I love the way it deals with bullying. There is also another book by this author that is for girls. Great resource!!

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  21. I love Trudy Ludwig's books!! This would be a great resource to use while doing my classroom lessons on bullying. It sounds like a great book that addresses the issue is "just kidding."

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  22. I, also, love Trudy's books. Once you find an author that "gets" elementary children and communicates the issues so well you definitely want to stick with their work! This would be a great resource to use for kids who try to avoid taking responsibility for their actions by using the "kidding" excuse AND for targets who let it go too far because they truly believe the excuse, and become passive. I would use it in small groups, individually and with 5th &6th grades for guidance lessons.

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  23. "Just Kidding" would be the perfect resource in my school. I need it now :-)... an incident occured yesterday where one of the elementray school's boy stated he was "just messin".

    krystalfenwick@yahoo.com

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  24. This seems like such an awesome resource! At the middle school level, students talk about "kidding," "busting,"and other kids "being too sensitive" when they say mean things. This sounds like a great resource to address these issues!

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  25. "I was JUST kidding!" is a common statement heard from students. I'd love to have a new way to help them see that that statement is disqualifying the importance of others.

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  26. I LOVE this book, and I LOVE Trudy Ludwig! I used Just Kidding with my elementary students at my prior school, but had to leave it there when my position was terminated. Now that I am at another elementary school, I would love to use it again!
    PS - I actually had a kid tell me that he was "just kidding", exact words, after he made fun of someone today, and I overheard it. He would really benefit from this book!

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  27. I would love to win this book just based on your blog entry and all the comments above. It sounds like a wonderful resource to use both in small groups and classroom guidance. I'm concerned about the issue of saying "just kidding" because many times students think they can say that to excuse the mean comment. I see this much in the same way that I see kids not able to distinguish fact from fiction when playing the violent video games. (Link shared on Google+.)

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  28. This would be a great resource to pair with any bullying prevention lesson. It would also be great in a small group with children who show manipulative or intimidating behaviors. It would be great to show students the impact of saying hurtful words and think that saying "just kidding" dismisses their behavior.

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  29. Students often feel that "kidding" makes put downs hurt less. I often tell my students that if the joke is not funny to everyone it is not a joke at all. So any kinds of jokes about physical appearances or something different will not be acceptable. Anytime literature can support that message is an absolute must. This year I am planning to do a lot of free response writing while reading quality books like this. The opportunity to have more books on the shelf will be of great help to my students.
    Thanks!

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  30. I would use this book in a book club to help with a bullying situation on the rise at my school. Thanks for great contest items!

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  31. I'd love to use this in a boys group as a springboard activity to compare/contrast with a TV show episode popular with the tween set. I'd ask students to use test their knowledge and put "just kiddin/messin'/playin' into the dialogue of the show. So often they don't see/hear/understand the hidden dialogue of these shows. They're surrounded by media that says it's ok to speak this way to others. Great resource for this age group!

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  32. I have found this book to work well across grade levels. My students really relate to the topic, which we call "put downs in disguise", and include any digs or slams followed by a "just kidding", "I'm just playin', or any reference to humor that causes another's pain. I also like that the characters are boys, as so often this issue is directed more towards girls. Thanks!

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