“We’ve long known that meanness and social violence in school can profoundly affect students’ sense of safety, emotional well-being, and academic achievement. We also know that adult behaviors and attitudes have a tremendous impact on the social and emotional climate of a school. Here, then, are dozens of practical activities educators and counselors can use to build a sense of community, prevent negative social interactions, and address specific issues as the need arises. Respectful of the realities and feelings that kids experience, this book offers students concrete language and strategies to resolve conflicts, manage their emotions, and take responsibility for their actions. This is an important book, one that can have a tremendous and positive influence on students’ behaviors and attitudes, as well as the culture of a classroom—and school.”—Jane Bluestein, Ph.D., author of Creating Emotionally Safe Schools and The Win-Win Classroom
“An invaluable resource.”
—Justin W. Patchin, Ph.D., coauthor of Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard
“If ever there were required reading for bullying prevention, this would be it.”
—Laurence R. Fieber, Executive Director, Center for Future Educators at The College of New Jersey
“As an administrator of the Responsive Classroom approach to social-emotional learning, I see that the rich supply of discussion structures and Drew’s approaches to anger management and conflict resolution in No Kidding About Bullying can help leverage the effort to create peaceful classrooms that provide safe places to learn.”
—Linda Crawford, executive director of Origins, Midwest Regional Center for the Responsive Classroom® approach
“Finally, a book that speaks to teachers and instructors in the classroom to help them deal with the issues of bullying. In my work, I often see and teach about the end result of bullying—which may be genocide, because every genocide first started with name-calling and picking on others. This book and teacher resource guide will assist the New Jersey Commission in meeting the mandate that all students (K–12) learn about the evils of bias, prejudice, and bigotry through the teaching of the Holocaust and genocide.
“The lessons in this book provide many positive techniques for preventing the spread of bullying. Congratulations on a book well done and that will positively impact many teachers and students.”
—Dr. Paul B. Winkler, executive director, New Jersey Commission on Holocaust
“No Kidding About Bullying is a godsend for teachers everywhere. I have passed it around among people I know and I will continue to do so. It’s perfect because teachers have so little time to pull a lesson together. This book does it all—it gives the exact words to say, ready-made worksheets, and clear objectives. Not only does it help me focus, but it allows me to spend more time preparing for the kids instead of trying to write my own objectives for my lesson plans. It was also helpful to spread the word about what I was doing with the kids to the administration of my school. As I read this book I was inspired to do so many things to bring the message home for my kids.”—Emily Voelkel, 4th grade teacher, Houston, Texas
“This is an extraordinary resource. It should be in every single elementary and middle school classroom.”—Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D., director of Rutgers University Social-Emotional Learning Lab and author of The Educator’s Guide to Emotional Intelligence and Academic Achievement
“I recommend that anyone dealing with children in grades 3 through 6 get a copy of this book, ask the questions, and do the activities. It will definitely make a difference in a child’s life and in your relationship with that child.”—Tina Nocera, founder, Parental Wisdom®
Naomi Drew, M.A., is a nationally known expert on conflict resolution and peacemaking. She consults with school districts, leads workshops, and is often featured in the media. She is also the author of The Kids’ Guide to Working Out Conflicts (with accompanying leader’s guide), Hope and Healing: Peaceful Parenting in an Uncertain World, and Peaceful Classroom in Action. Her Web site, www.learningpeace.com, is a destination for people who want to create peace in their homes and schools.