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Deal With It: Bullying and conflict

February 22nd, 2012 by Carrie Gleason

We share 3 effective new ways of using the Deal With It bullying and conflict books, as told to us by educators like you.







Recently we've had the opportunity to attend library trade shows and literacy conferences to talk to teachers and librarians to find out how they are using some of our books in schools and libraries. We wanted to share with you 3 real-world tested ways our Deal With It books are being used:

1. By Vice Principals or Principals in disciplinary situations. Have you had a case where cyberbullying, racist attitudes, fighting, or other conflict has unexpectedly popped up? School principals and VPs have to always be prepared for showing students better ways to deal with conflict. Educators have reported great success using appropriately themed Deal With It books in situations when two or more students have needed to learn constructive ways of dealing with their problems with one another. By having the students in conflict work through some of the situations, quizzes, and scenarios presented in the books together in meetings or as assigned work, the students began to see how their role in the situation could have been different, and how better to monitor their own feelings and behaviours in similar situations in future.

2. By teachers in special needs classes with older students. The Deal With It series is aimed at ages 9-12, but students who are in high school and upper middle school who have special needs due to behavioural or intellectual exceptionalities also relate to these books because of their graphic style, minimal text, and interactive approach. Questions and situations are not too young for older students dealing with self restraint or self-control issues. Some classroom projectors allow you to project images from book on a display in order to promote small-class discussion (such as in a home school program).

3. In drama units or as a starting point for drama presentations. Each of the Deal With It books is clearly divided into four main sections: a 101 section that defines and gives background information to the conflict, followed by three role sections: a bully, a target, and a witness. Within each section are scenarios and questions which relate to that particular role. In drama class, have students do planned one-minute skits or unplanned "improve" based on any of the questions. This will allow students to think on their feet — and learn how to effectively deal with a hypothetical bullying situation before they really happen!

For lots more ideas on how to use the Deal With It books, see the Teacher's Guide section of our website.


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