Give "Put-Ups" not "Put-Downs!"
|"Put Up" Designed by student council member|
At our first student council meeting in January, we told the students we were interested in hosting "No Name Calling Week," January 24th - 28th. We explained that "No Name Calling Week" is a week-long event to foster dialogue about bullying and disrespect. The students were very excited and began brainstorming ideas. One of the students had an idea to make and sell "Put-Ups," an alternative to "put-downs." I was very impressed with her idea, because I have a lesson from Teaching Tolerance about "Put-Ups," but I have not facilitated it at my current school.
"Put-ups" are compliments or positive statements that make people feel good, whereas "put-downs" are negative statements or things said to make someone feel bad. All of the student council members were very excited about the idea of selling "Put-Ups" and hosting a "No Name-Calling Week" at our school.
|"Put-Up" designed by student council member|
During "No Name Calling Week" student council members will sell "Put-Ups" during lunch for twenty-five cents and then donate the proceeds to a charity. Teachers and staff are able to buy "Put-Ups" for a student or another staff member! Student council members will deliver the "Put-Ups" to students' homerooms. Homeroom teachers are encouraged to display students "Put-Ups" on the wall to reinforce positive language and complements.
We are also encouraging teachers to nominate students each day during "No Name-Calling Week" who demonstrate respect and exemplary character. Nominated students will receive a "shout out" on the morning announcements. By recognizing students for showing respect and kindness to others, we are hoping to inspire other students to demonstrate the same behaviors.
Hosting a "No Name-Calling Week" is a great way to start a dialogue with students and staff about respect and bullying. I love the "Put-Up" idea because it encourages students to compliment each other and focus on the positive. The "No Name-Calling Week" website has lesson plans and resources for hosting your own "No Name-Calling Week." Barnes and Noble has partnered with the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network this year to highlight books, resources, and information about bullying. Teaching Tolerance also has a great lesson about "Put-Ups."
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