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1 Dignity is not negotiable
Connection makes life meaningful You matter in a child’s life

2 Happiness Satisfying work (curiosity) Hope of being successful
Social connection Meaning beyond oneself

3 The right to be treated with dignity by others.
Your Students’ “Happiness” at School Is Based on Three Fundamental Concepts: The right to be treated with dignity by others. The responsibility to treat others with dignity. Valuing the development of social competence as a critical academic skill. Not being a social butterfly and hormones. When we feel isolated or under attack we can’t function. Solitary confinement to anxiety, depression, we can’t concentrate. Technology gives you and your students a different way define social connection. We can be “alone together” so we are lonely, people are not reduced to profiles, the connection with technology interrupts our personal real life relationships like going to weddings and playing a hand held device.

4 But conflict is inevitable
Copyright Rosalind Wiseman 2010

5 Culture vs Climate School culture is the unwritten rules, shared ideas, assumptions, values, and beliefs that give an organization its identity. School climate is the quality and character of school life based on patterns of students, parents, and school personnels’ experience of school life and reflects the norms, goals, values, teaching and learning practices.

6 What are your colleagues thinking?

7 I'd like a solid definition of bullying so we're not "crying bully" when we should be helping kids work through average teen drama.

8 Drama Vs. Bullying: Bullying is using power or strength to make someone feel worthless. Usually defined as being one way. Drama is an exciting, unexpected, emotional series of events. Always defined as a conflict where both people are actively involved and not serious or hurtful.

9 I do not advocate ignoring bullying but I can tell you that while I’m sure it goes on, I’m not aware of it. I am busy teaching. I don’t mean to sound unkind but wading into the abyss of teenaged social cruelty is just not on my agenda. I’m a foreign language teacher, not a psychologist or counselor. So please stop asking me to assume roles for which I’m unprepared and frankly, uninterested. Stop wanting teachers to do every job that come down the pike, and then be all surprised that instruction suffers. You raise your children, I will teach them French.

10 Unintentional Bad Teasing
Good Teasing Unintentional Bad Teasing Bad Teasing/ Bullying You feel liked by the person. You don’t feel that the person wants to put you down They will stop if you ask. You’re teased about something you’re insecure about. If you defend yourself, you’re “uptight” or threatened with ending the friendship. Relentless and public. The teaser doesn't know how you feel because you won’t tell them. Or They blow you off with, “I was just joking.” “You’re so sensitive!” Kids who abuse it Socially powerful we are seeing what they are actually doing and seeing someone’s embarrassment is someone else’ entertainment Putting someone in their place or reinforcing their position in the social hierarchy

11 vs. Telling to get someone in trouble. Snitching Reporting
The goal is to make the problem bigger and more public. Telling because the problem is too big to solve on your own. The goal is to right a wrong. vs.

12 Gray Zones Dining Hall Nook in Library Senior Hall Locker Rooms Recess
Assemblies Field trips Tunnel Any place in transition

13 In the moment Assess on the approach.
Don’t ask the group who’s responsible. Get group on task with promise to follow up individually. Assess as they leave.

14 SEAL STOP: Breathe, listen, and think when and where, now or later?
EXPLAIN: What happened that you don’t like and what you want. AFFIRM: Affirm and acknowledge. LOCK: In the friendship, take a vacation or lock it out.

15 Listening! Be prepared to be changed by what you hear.
Affirm feelings; don’t voice your opinion about the truth of the story or ask a barrage of questions. Ask if he’s venting or wants advice. Don’t use her slang. Share your own experiences without telling him how you would have done it. Don’t just do something, stand there. If you don’t know, admit it. Sometimes girls just want someone to listen not to give advice. Explain the difference between the two to the adult. Consequences—they won’t tell you because they are worried you’ll freak out. Describe in general when an adult freaks out. Don’t like the person every again. Because girls moms hate people who are mad at you and they start to worry about why you would put up with someone who treats you badly. You worry about all the things you could have done wrong that this is happening….This is one of the reasons mom freak.

16 Senior Hall What do you know about these kids? Who has social power? Who do you know best? What is triggering you? I have asked you once to be quiet while I’m teaching and you can’t do it. Please go to the sofas outside the office until your next class. Later, find David the kid you know best, and pull him aside. (you can fib if he’s around other students)

17 Explain: I have asked you repeatedly to stop playing music and talking outside my classroom. When you don’t, it feels like a direct disrespect to me. I’m sorry! We’re studying! We’re just sharing ideas! David we’ve had this conversation so many times before that I don’t think your apology is sincere. If you’re sorry that means you will change your behavior. Is that what you’re saying? Yeah. Thank you. Look this was hard for me. You’ve been my student. Now that we’ve talked I don’t think this is going to happen again but if it does I need to tell you that X will occur. I don’t think it will but I don’t want you to have any surprises.

18 The Child is the Target You Don’t Say:
Bullies are insecure, jealous, or weak. Ignore it, walk away. I’m sure they didn’t mean it that way. That’s just the way the world is. You don’t realize it now but you’ll be stronger for the experience. Punch them in the face.

19 You Do Say: I’m so sorry. Thank you for telling me.
Together we’re going to work on this.

20 Accepting Apologies Don’t Do
Destroy your credibility. Don’t Treat you and the other person with dignity. Do Whatever It’s okay Thank you Don’t worry about it

21 Did you hear what everyone’s saying about you?
Common responses: Want to disappear Immediately talk, text and FB whoever you can for reconnaissance. Plot with your friend about how to get back at the person who you think started it. Say, “Whatever, it’s not worth it.” But really worry about it a lot.

22 Getting Some Control STOP-What is the messenger’s motivation? Your answer: “Thanks for telling me. Please don’t share this with others.” Explain-You’re saying bad things about me. Is that true? Affirm/acknowledge-If I did something that upset you I want to know. But if you’re mad at me, you have to tell me. The problem can’t be fixed if we can’t talk about it . Take a vacation-We used to be good friends. If you ever want to talk about this, I’m here.

23 The Child is a Bystander
“I’m sorry this is happening. Thanks for telling me because I know it can be hard to come forward about things like this and I really respect the fact that you did. Now let’s think about what we can do about it.” USE SEAL TO FRAME STRATEGY Copyright Rosalind Wiseman 2010

24 Choosing Your Moment

25 Mark: Forwarding those pictures of Michael was messed up.
Andy: No it wasn’t! It was amazing! Mark: You know he was really mad. Andy: No I don’t! If he was so freaked out why didn’t he say anything? Mark: Because than you would make fun of him even more. Andy: It’s not my fault he’s so weak. And wait a minute, you laughed just as much as I did. Mark: I’m not proud of this but I laughed because I was nervous. All I’m asking is you lay off. Andy: Fine I’ll back off but you do realize how gay you’re being about this whole thing right? Mark: Right, I’m gay because I want you to stop making a kid miserable. Whatever. They go back to the game.

26 The child is the Bully Remind parents this is one moment not a lifetime. If people are upset, ask them to slow down because you want to hear them. Tell them you’ll talk to the child and get back to them. To the student: With paper in hand say, “X was reported to me. Is this accurate? Is any of it accurate? If the person was sitting right here, what would they say-- even if you think it was wrong.”

27 Can you tell me why you think we’re meeting right now?
Rolls eyes. Because you think I’m mean to Dan and Jackson and I’m not. I’m just joking! They know it! I don’t understand why this has to be such a big deal. Tyler, have you ever been really mad at someone, you knew exactly what you wanted to say and you carried it around with you looking for the perfect moment to tell them? Are you good at joking around like this with people? Like you’re quick with comebacks? I guess. And do you tend to be good at winning arguments? Maybe. Has anyone you’ve called gay or retarded or made a joke about their religion, ever asked you to stop? No.

28 If you’re good at arguing and comebacks, why wouldn’t a friend want to tell you when they don’t like something you’re doing? Silence. Well, it’s not my fault if they can’t speak up. I’m speaking up for them. Making comments and jokes like this are unacceptable, even when the person doesn’t say anything. Do Friendship rights.

29 I want you to get this so there are no surprises
I want you to get this so there are no surprises. You must stop these comments. I know you can continue doing this when I’m not around. You can go out to your friends and tell them how stupid this conversation was. You can blow it off. If you do here are the possible consequences: Please feel free to tell your parents about this conversation.

30 My Relationship Rights
List the three rights that are most important to you in a relationship or friendship. 1. 2. 3.

31 My Deal Breakers List three ways that someone could treat you where you would consider ending the friendship/relationship. 1. 2. 3.

32 Who’s Doing Great Work?
South Park “Kyle Has No Friends”and “Breast Cancer Show Ever” Pew Internet and American Life Project. School Climate 2.0 Justin Patchin and Sameer Hinduja, Corwin Press 2012

33 Network Centrality, Gender Segregation, and Aggression, Robert Faris and Diane Felmlee, American Sociology Review February 2011 Social Networks and Aggression at the Wheatley School, Robert Faris and Diane Felmlee, Department of Sociology, University of California at Davis September 2011 Danah Boyd Reality is Broken: Why Games Makes Us Better and How They Can Change the World: Jane McGonigal, Penguin 2011 Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? Michael Sandel, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2009

34 Want to Reach Me? Phone: Web: Facebook: Search “Rosalind Wiseman” and join my Page YouTube: Search “Rosalind Wiseman” and subscribe to RPWinc Channel Twitter: Special discount for Owning Up curricula! 25% off Code D342 05/16/11 Copyright 2010 RPW Inc.

35 Aggression and Social Networks
56% of students were involved in aggression and victimization. Kids don’t fall into stable roles of bully and victim. There were equivalent rates of aggression among boys (43%) and girls (42%). However, girls were significantly more likely to be harassed than boys (27%) and have more attackers. Aggression is most frequent within rather than across racial groups.

36 Finding My Ally Qualities I’m looking for in an ally include:
1. opinionated but not judgmental 2. honest 3. reliable

37 Finding My Ally My top 3 choices for an ally are: 1. 2. 3.

38 Social Aggression Family structure and parent occupation do not significantly effect either aggression or victimization. Students intervened in 23% of incidents (highest being with younger students). 19% were reported to adults.

39 Technology and Aggression
88% of teens have seen someone be mean or cruel to another person on a social networking site. 13% had felt nervous about going to school the next day. 8% had gotten into a physical fight with someone because of something that happened on a social networking site. 51% of girls sought advice; 20% of boys did. Teens, Kindness, and Cruelty, and Social Network Sites, Pew Research Center, 2011

40 Teens and Privacy 62% of teens say that they set their profile to private so that only their friends can see their posts. 67% of on-line 17 years olds say that they have withheld content that may hurt their reputation.

41 They go over your head Thank you for meeting with me. I know that you already spoke to (Y supervisor). I want to talk to you about X but I also think it’s important to discuss the reason you didn’t feel comfortable or that it would be ineffective to talk to me. What would you like to discuss first? Possible responses: Mike has repeatedly told you X and you aren’t doing anything about it. As Mike’s counselor/teacher I want to do my best for him. This is my understanding of what has happened so far… Are you saying that it’s my child’s fault… No, I’m not. I’m telling you what I know about the situation so we can work together to solve the problem. Picture above head. Remember you are with their children. You are the senior partner. I know my child and they’d never do. You can say, often what I see in class is different than what you may see at home. 05/16/11 Copyright 2010 RPW Inc.

42 Explain: Gabby, We used to sit together all the time
Explain: Gabby, We used to sit together all the time. But when the other girls are there, you say inside jokes and you roll your eyes whenever I say anything. If I eat with you I don’t want you to make me feel like you don’t want me there.” “I knew you were going to be so dramatic about this! You’re the one who’s sitting with us! It’s not like anyone’s forcing you!” Affirm: “I realize I haven’t been giving you a lot of space and we don’t have to be friends like we used to. But I don’t want you to keep me guessing how you’re going to treat me every day. Fine! I’m sorry! Now will you drop this? Lock (vacation): No, because the way you just said sorry came across like you didn’t mean it. So I’m not going to sit with you for awhile but if you ever want to talk to me about this, let me know.

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