Interview with Naomi Drew Podcast - Part 2

No Kidding About Bullying: 125 Ready-to-Use Activities to Help Kids Manage Anger, Resolve Conflicts, Build Empathy, and Get Along (Bully Free Classroom)In the second half of my interview with Naomi Drew about her new book, No Kidding About Bullying: 125 Ready-to-Use Activities to Help Kids Manage Anger, Resolve Conflicts, Build Empathy, and Get Along, Ms. Drew describes interviewing students for her book, shares ideas schools can utilize for developing empathy, and gives an example of how one school used the "Win/Win" guidelines with students.

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  1. I love the idea of a Peace Room. Do you think this idea is possible for middle-school age students? I love the Win-win strategies explained as well. We currently do not have a peer mediation group, because my principal feels like its not effective. To be quite honest, I haven't seen it BE really effective either. I LOVE THESE IDEAS! The flip-chart with the step by step process to resolving conflict is my next project . . .

  2. We have a peer mediation group and it has been very effective; however our situation is a bit unique because we are a 4-8 campus, so our mediators work with grades 4-6. It is very popular and effective for both mediators and the mediated. My conflict manager club takes on a leadership role to "increase the peace" at school; they are distributing Red Ribbon bracelets this week, for instance, and will be leading our Mix It Up at lunch day activities as well

  3. I love the idea of teaching children about Bullying using the experiences of other children. I recently used a video with my 3rd and 4th graders from Discovery Education, a video called Real Kids: What we learned about bullying. It was very helpful to have them listen to actual kids talk about bullying rather than just me, the counselor! The video talks to kids who were bullied as well as kids that were bullies and it seemed to be more effective than hearing it from an adult! I love the pod-cast, Great Job Danielle, I believe it is a powerful way to teach kids about bullying using the experiences of actual students that have the experiences! A Great way to teach empathy!

  4. Love the peace room idea and also the standing in some one else's shoes. Love the practical nature of the ideas in this new book.

  5. I really like that the author interviewed students while completing the book. It's so necessary for anyone to attempt to gain a concept of what these students are going through. I love that some of ideas come from kids...its really the best way to get usable techniques.

  6. I truly agree with the with the idea of students having the knowledge and ability to work peer conflict out on their own with some guidance from us. Although most students I work with need to be taught some of the basic communication and problem solving skills once done they tend to surprise me in their solutions. When I first started working as a counselor in my internships the seemingly petty conflicts between my female middle school students gave me a fit. I was working too hard and not teaching students the skills and letting them work it out on their own. I was ultimately unsuccessful until I figured out that with a little structure they could reach better solutions which meant more to them because they had built them. With all of that said, I like the concept of the peace table and peace room if used properly. Thanks for posting these interviews! This seems like a great resource.

  7. I really enjoyed listening to the many ideas that are in this book! Using a metacognitive approach seems to work really well in teaching adolescents about bullying. I had to smile when I listened about how miscommunication leads to a downward spiral of conflict. I see this a lot too. I am going to have to try the ring idea and the empathy shoe idea (having the kids paraphrase what the other person said. These sound like great tools and make me want to see what else is is this resource. Thanks!

  8. I listened to both of these podcasts on my morning run and got some great ideas to take to school! I can't wait to learn more about the Balcony and Basement idea. If you could keep the podcasts coming, that would keep me rolling out of bed before the sun is up! Thanks! :)

  9. I liked the part about empowering the students . . . giving them voice. We are working diligently to help our teachers with voice and choice . . . SO hard for teachers to turn over that control!

    Thanks for a great interview ; )


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