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Confessions of a Former Bully Hardcover – August 24, 2010
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Confessions of a Former Bully is Trudy's latest book and it is SO relateable, engaging, and will inspire kids. And guess what....it's a follow up to My Secret Bully!! There's a lot of reasons I love this new book but the main one has to do with my students. They are Trudy Ludwig super fans like myself. Every school year we've read her stories over and over. I've witnessed the positive impact and difference they've made in childrens' lives. So when I read it for the first time I was thrilled for the kids in my school because they will BENEFIT immensely.
It is written for the upper elementary grades (3rd grade and up). This was a jump for joy moment for me. I am familiar with every single children's book about bullying on the market. There is a gaping hole in the upper elementary grades for good bullying literature. But Confessions just majorly filled it. Not only is it written for this age group but the illustrations and layout are cool and engaging for this population of kids. So put your dull bullying curriculums back on the shelf.
This is the story of what happened to Katie from My Secret Bully and also a tool kit on how to deal with bullying and how to turn bully behavior around.Read more ›
Confessions of a Former Bully, honestly, should be read by every kid, and every teacher in grade school, and discussed at length. I am a former teacher and this is the most insightful book you will ever read on this topic. This is a book written by Katie, a former bully, about what she used to do/say to other kids to bully them. Her character arc from the beginning of the book until the end, what she learns about herself, what she learns about bullying and the impact it has on her and other kids, and how she changes her attitude and behaviors are perfect for class discussions. So many kids will see themselves, in different places, all over this book. Some might see themselves as bullies, others might see themselves as being bullied - or both, but it gives the kids insight, this incredible insight, as to who they are, and how their actions, positive and negative, impact others. Plus, Ludwig has put in Quick Facts about bullying, quotes from famous people, "what to do" types of advice, "tool belts" for dealing with bullies, and what good friends and bad friends look like. It's a story - but then there's all the practical stuff in there, too, about bullying. Can I say it this way? It's an awesome - excellent book.
One Saturday while I went to work, I left this book for my daughter and printed out a book report template. I told her I wanted her to read this book and write a book report for me. She comes to me when I get home and shows me it. Impromptu I asked her to help me write down all the things she realized she does as a bully. She of course was "Mama I don't do those things!", after I told her she was in a "safe zone" we started to work together to write down all the things she has done as a bully using the book to help. My goal was to fill the whole page up but I didn't tel her this. After we filled the page, I made a point to have her see how we filled the whole page with all of her actions. From there I went through each bullying moment and asked her how she would feel if someone did this to her? Four things repeated themselves over and over 1. Emotionally Hurt 2. Physically Hurt 3.Lose friends 4.No Trust
I truly felt like it was a great learning moment for us.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book to discuss bullying with your children, friends, students (if a teacher this is an amazing resource to plan a 5 week lesson plan on bullying, discussing... Read morePublished 2 months ago by bitney3
4th grade students will be very engaged with this new twist on anti-bullying lessons. They develop empathy for the bully, who they come to realize has problems of his or her own! Read morePublished 4 months ago by JL
I'm having my 3rd grader read this after some issues with her bullying others at school. I think this helps clarify the issue for her so that she better understands how her... Read morePublished 5 months ago by NanaB
Easy reading and real ideas for children. It gives a clear message to children about how to avoid bullying. Thank youPublished 5 months ago by lourdes del rocio hidalgo
Oh. My. Gosh. I love this book! I use this book every year to teach my (anti) bullying unit. When used in conjunction with Trudy Ludwig's other books, the kids actually believe... Read morePublished 5 months ago by AMM
I read this to my class. They really enjoyed the perspective of a former bully.Published 6 months ago by Rory
This is a tremendous book on Bullying. I read it with my 5th grade class and we are now creating 3 skits to share in a school assembly. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer