In Language Arts we are studying "Upstanders" for about a month. We also had visitors from the high-school talk about bullying, cliques, and opportunities in their building this morning, which coincided greatly with what we are studying.
Today in L.A. we discussed what we had been told this morning and had a very "Reflective discussion"about it.
The whole thing started with the question,
"What did you guys learn this morning?"
In which people openly answered. Lots of connections with their own lifes were made and you could see peoples eyes light up at the phrase,
"People find out who they are and anyone who bullies is left behind, it's just not cool anymore. Not that it ever was."
If everyone was like me they were envisioning a world where everyone got along and was their own person. Great right? Then this was said,
"It's not like we all sit around a campfire and sing koom-by-a, but we all respect each other."
I then brought up the comment of,
"In middle school everyone tries to fit in, in high school you want to be as independent as possible."
Then Mr. Maxwell said,
"If you were to ask anyone what their hardest years of school were, most would answer middle school. Why? Even my wife who went through years of medical school said that it was for her."
"When I was in middle school I used to aggravate my L.A. teacher and look how I turned out, A middle school L.A. teacher. :)"
The discussion then turned to students asking about standards based reporting, but that's a whole other story....
I'd love to hear from you on twitter, in a comment, or by email on any of your thoughts!
What was the hardest part of your education? How can you help educate your students about bullying and individualization?