What I Learned From My Childhood Bully | Choices Ideabook

Editor’s note: Bullying is a serious issue, and Choices teacher-advisor Amy Lauren Smith—a 6th to 8th grade health teacher at the Shanghai American School in Shanghai, China, and the brilliant mind behind our Teacher’s Guide each month—understands this from a personal perspective. Her advice will help you understand what students may be going through and

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Great anti-bullying message…

After getting bullied for most of elementary school, 13 year-old Leondre decided to channel his stress in the most awesome way imaginable… by writing it down and then reaching out to others. He formed a rap duo with a friend he made through social media and together they auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent.

Their inspiring performance has already gotten 22 million views in the last week. This clip of their appearance on Ellen yesterday is a must see for a middle school health class. It contains messages about bullying, healthy coping skills, and the power of social media to bring about positive change.

A truly awesome example of positive prevention.

Kids being awesome….

Another great example of positive prevention. Show this to your students right away…

Of course, if you’re worried about crying in front of them, you should probably watch it a couple of times first.

Changing bodies, changing uniforms.

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The Dallas School Board just made a ruling about easing up on their dress code for their overweight and obese kids, no longer forcing them to tuck in their shirts. While I’m all for this… there’s nothing worse than trying to tuck in a shirt when you’re not feeling great about your body… when I

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