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No Kidding About Bullying: 125 Ready-to-Use Activities to Help Kids Manage Anger, Resolve Conflicts, Build Empathy, and Get Along (Bully Free Classroom®) Paperback – July 16, 2010

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“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®

About the Author

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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 - 6
  • Series: Bully Free Classroom®
  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing; Book with Digital Content edition (July 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575423499
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575423494
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Naomi Drew is recognized around the world for her work in conflict resolution, bullying, and peacemaking. She is the award-winning author of seven books. Her landmark book, Learning the Skills of Peacemaking was one of the first to introduce peacemaking into public education. Hailed as visionary, Ms. Drew's work has enabled families, educators, and kids to live more peacefully on a daily basis. She has been called "a master teacher and a pathfinder in our culture."

Harvard Medical School's, Dr. Robert Brooks, praised Ms. Drew's Kids' Guide to Working Out Conflicts, as "an invaluable resource," and people of all ages attest to durable changes after applying the principles she outlines. Her work has been featured in magazines and newspapers across the United States, including Time, Parents, and The New York Times. She has been a guest on syndicated radio and national TV, and has served as a parenting expert for "Classroom Close-ups," an Emmy-winning public television show.

Naomi Drew is a dynamic speaker who's inspired a diverse range of audiences. With over two decades of experience in the field of peacemaking and conflict resolution, she has worked with thousands of people of every age. Her parenting books, Peaceful Parents, Peaceful Kids and Hope and Healing: Peaceful Parenting in an Uncertain World, have brought the skills of peacemaking to families around the world.

"Peaceful Parents," Ms. Drew's on-line newsletter, has broad international readership, and her website, LearningPeace.com is a valuable resource to families and educators worldwide. A former educator, Ms. Drew has two grown sons, who were raised in accordance with the principles she writes about. Her work is considered cutting-edge because of its relevance, practical nature, and real life usefulness. You can chat with Naomi Drew on Amazon.com.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Books That Heal Kids on October 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
Every month I get together with my fellow elementary school counselors in my district to do curriculum planning and sharing. I believe the exact quote when I introduced this new resource was, "This book is FULL OF AWESOMENESS!" If you are going to spend money - do it on this one. You will not be disappointed...you'll be empowered.

I have tagged just about every activity there is in my copy. I'm pointing this out because sometimes when I buy curriculum...I am only able to use a few of the activities (which is upsetting to both me and my wallet). I'd use ALL 125 activities in No Kidding About Bullying.

I must say....I'm impressed. And let me tell you, it takes a lot to impress me. One of the lessons I have done from this guide is called - Basement or Balcony? It's about using the highest or the lowest part of who we are. After the lesson, the teacher of the class came up to me and said, "As you were teaching your lesson. I was working on my weekly newsletter to parents and I started typing what you were saying. I love it and am going to ask parents to please use this concept and language at home because we will be using them here." When teachers love your lessons - jackpot.
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A few more of my favorite lessons from No Kidding About Bullying are: A Get-Along Classroom; Leave It at the Door; Creating Your Place In Other People's Memory Banks; Peace Shield; Using Think Alouds; Responsibility vs. Blame; Basement or Balcony?; Staying in the Balcony; Staying Respectful with Someone You Don't Like; Unhooking from Mean Words and Actions; Don't Get Stung by Zingers; and The Courage to be an Upstander. And these are just a few....I pretty much love them all. They are having a solid impact on our students and giving me a whole new world of language to use with kids.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. Hons on December 11, 2010
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As an elementary school counselor, I have been searching for a resource that I could use with our 3rd and 4th graders to reduce the incidents of bullying. This is the best I have found! It is laid out beautifully with clear, easy to follow lessons. We are very excited to use this at my school!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Werden on July 31, 2011
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This book does not live up to its claim to provide real activities for kids in getting along better. I was hoping that the book would be a resource for me to incorporate some "fun" activities that build character education skills in 2nd and 3rd graders. The "activities" are mostly pencil and paper tasks that do not fit the bill for me.
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"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
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By V. Thornton on September 15, 2010
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Naomi Drew's book is a MUST in all schools today where bullying and peer-pressure, among other serious issues, need our undivided attention. This is the key to survival ... for those tough school-age years, for those challenging parent-to-child conversations, for those roller-coaster emotions our kids experience, for those difficult family situation, and for those "relationship builders" we all could benefit from. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to make a difference and bully-proof our children!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ana on August 27, 2011
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I'm going to use it in a spanish school in 5th grade so I'll have to work on vocabulary first. I would recommend the book for 5th and 6th grades. Some of the concepts are difficult to understand for younger kids.
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