When you have a best teacher friend that follows your blog and gets inspired to do some of the ideas in her own classroom….ahhhh that is quite a good feeling! This was one of those post that my friend, Renee, chose to use as a tool in her classroom too. I think her kiddos did a great job. They thought Kristina Kuzmic’s video was on point! Crazy how something so simple can be that powerful.
My daughter had Renee as a 3rd grade teacher. She was just awesome. She had her pulse on many items in her classroom. The kids flourished in that environment. You see Renee is that teacher that is still teaching my daughter. They had a special connection and as we were applying to college and getting all of that jazz lined up…who was there to proof our college essay? Yes, Renee! (and, Jeff too)
2 weeks ago I wrote a post on this topic. I contacted Kristina via Facebook. She shared our post on her Facebook page. Do you know how many of you have visited that particular blog post? Guess… Well, as I am typing we are at 13,200! Yes, in a 2 week span. Can you believe that? Here is the link below:
http://2soulsisters.blogspot.com/2017/03/you-are-bbq-sauce.html 
I think with that much traffic coming our way on this blog that it must mean that their is a need to discuss topics like bullying, mean girls and character education. What do you think? Well, Renee does a great job on integrating art into all of her lessons. It is such a smooth transition that the kids don’t have any idea they are learning. They think they are having fun. Now, if you can pull that off in the classroom in this day in time you have a true calling for teaching.
Have you ever watched Kristina Kuzmic’s videos on YouTube? If not, check them out. They will make you giggle. she has the true gift of gab and I love to see it.

Have you ever watched this video? Oh my….love that these boys stood up for what was right!

This one I just had to share…It will make you laugh. As a 26 year veteran teacher, I laughed really hard at this video. Sarcasm at it’s best! If you want to watch the original “You Are The BBQ Sauce” video see my post link above.
Thanks, Renee for sharing your kids art with me. I am sure the Kuzmic family would be impressed to  know just how many families lives they are touching and making a difference with just that catch phrase of “You Are The BBQ Sauce!” – Enjoy, 1969
Art Class got in on some of the action of teaching about bullying. We were asked to make signs that say, “You Are The BBQ Sauce.” We didn’t tell the kids why. Other teachers on campus hung them up. The kids were buzzing with ideas on what this concept meant. They were up for a week then all homeroom classes had a session on watching the video below.  This video clip lead to a dialogue on how you should treat people. This was a venue for discussing a myriad of issues that kids deal with in the bullying realm.


Follow up questions after the video were sent out by email. They are listed below. Thanks to Lance and Kathy for organizing this well worth it activity to promote awareness in our school.
 
4 Ways To Deal With A Bully
1)     What did you think of the video?
2)     What is the main takeaway from the video?
3)     How common is bullying here at Maclay?
4)     Does age make a difference?
5)     Are there differences in the bullying experience of girls and boys?
6)     Who do children tell when they are being bullied?
7)     Why don’t some children tell?
8)     What does it feel like to be bullied?
9)     What is the role of peers in bullying?
10)  Are some children more likely to bully than others?
Follow up questions for the video were sent out by Lance Ramer and Kathy Englebrecht for a post discussion during homeroom.This leaves the door open for kids to come to us for their advocate if a specific situation arises. 

I have worked in several schools and I must admit that my School Head is on POINT when dealing with these situations. She just has her finger on the pulse of our middle school students. So lucky to be working with her and learning her tricks of the trade to grow my personal awareness and be able to collaborate with my peer faculty members.

How did we make signs? We used extra time at the end of class and had kids that were in between lessons collaborate and work on them. We used donated mat board, markers, pencils, and crayons.
I took photos of a few and printed them on the copier for the BBQ Sauce Team to be able to hang them up in classrooms, around school and on lockers.

How do you tackle this subject in your classroom?
We would love for you to share. Please comment in the links below and let us here from you.
Do you collaborate with other classrooms on your campus? How do you all spread the word?
https://www.littlethings.com/comical-kid-gives-funny-but-effective-anti-bullying-tips/
Enjoy, 1969

UPDATED on 3/7/2017
4 Ways to Deal with a Bully – Summary of Responses 

1) What did you think of the video?
Good source of information
Helpful – interesting to watch
Different version of information
Lame one-liners
Different than what they expected
Good examples – shorter is more effective
Empowering
Now know what the signs meant

2) What is the main takeaway from the video?
You are the BBQ Sauce
Need to be nice to everyone, even if everyone doesn’t like you
4 ways to deal with a bully
Good metaphor
Relaxed – casual people talking about bullying
Bullies are bad
Stand up for people without being mean
We should not be complacent – need to help others

3) How common is bullying here at Maclay?
Relatively rare
Much better here than other places
Kids feel safe here
See it a lot – Happens Frequently (break & lunch)
More verbal bullying – “just joking” – sarcastic & shady
Not at all
Pretty common – teasing
No physical bullying
People are too sensitive
Most are benevolent, however some can be malevolent

4) Does age make a difference?
Going to theatre
HS @ lunch – MS @ drama
Yes & No – bullying should not take place
Some older kids think they have power over the younger kids
8th graders are being rude to 7th graders
Older kids think it’s cool to pick on younger folks
Younger kids won’t stand up to older kids
Worse in lower school

5) Are there differences in the bullying experience of girls and boys?
Girls talk behind your back and think that they are better than you
Boys make fun of each other
Girls are biggest bullies – gossip
Boys tease each other more, but get over it
Girls have more drama and are meaner
Girls over react with everything
Guys are more physical – Girls are verbal
Don’t think boys realize they’re bullying
Girls more sensitive
Getting cut from athletic teams can be hard because people talk about you

6) Who do children tell when they are being bullied?
Mom, Sister, Teachers
Tell their friends, especially girls
Boys would tell and adult if they thought someone’s life was in danger
Scared to tell & be labeled a snitch
Guidance – Mrs. Smith
Teachers they’ve known for a while
Parents or their Regent

7) Why don’t some children tell?
Scared
Easier to not get involved
Maybe they think if they tell the other person will bully them more
Become a bigger target/Make things worse
Afraid others won’t talk to them
Embarrassed
Scared
Bully would tell them not to tell. If they did they would not have friends and other students would give them a hard time.

8) What does it feel like to be bullied?
I don’t like being taken advantage of
It sucks
I haven’t been bullied – harassed (bullying is everyday & consistent…harassment is less frequent)
Bad/Saddening – feel like alone
Ruptures your soul, and it is quite abrupt

9) What is the role of peers in bullying?

Must standup/confront the bully

Depends on the type of bullying – Verbal v Physical

There’s a small group of people in each grade that would talk

Most people would just watch & not speak up

Depends on how bad the problem gets/context

Support the person being bullied – emotionally

10) Are some children more likely to bully than others?
Can’t be explained – jealousy
If you grow up a bully, you’ll continue to be one
Bullies come from unfortunate/uncomfortable lives and bad situations
Bullies are insecure & they need to bully to feel secure & not worry
Popular/Not Popular
Small school lends to less bullying because you know everyone

When was the last time you finger-painted? Well, my middle school kids told me the last time they did something like this was in PK or K. I started the lesson by showing an Iris Scott video clip. We disused that she used oils. We were going to use tempera / acrylic paint and no gloves.
I have donated matt board in my room, so I decided we would use this for the paper as it was a little more sturdy. You could use any size paper but the thicker the better. So, look for some heavier weighted paper.
I poured up several painter’s palettes for the kids to use. They needed to put their name on the backs. We did need extra paper towels for this lesson. We watched the video and I told the students to keep within a Valentines theme.
My classes were so quiet all day long doing this lesson. It is my favorite lesson so far this year. Everyone was successful.
I hope you all will give this a try! We loved this lesson. The results are full of rich color.
1969
Published on Dec 18, 2015

Learn how to finger paint with oils in 30 minutes. Iris Scott, a professional fingerpainting artist in Brooklyn has taken this technique to a whole new level. With simple to follow steps, Iris guides the beginner through easy instruction that anyone can do. Fingerpaintings are best made with thick oil texture, you’ll learn, and by investing in some quality oils by Holbein Duo you can make this vibrant little koi scene. This first video of many more to come is Iris’ way of spreading the joy of finger painting with as many people as she can. Art therapy, finger painting with fancy oils is good for the soul. You’ll need 11 colors, a canvas, gloves, and a table top. Link to the complete materials kit found here: http://www.artistcraftsman.com/iris-scott-kit.html

Inevitably throughout the school year, we have candy in our art rooms. This was a wonderful lesson that Cassie Stephens shared. I used this as a one day lesson on a school day with a wonky class schedule. It worked out fabulous. The kids enjoyed it and all were successful.
This kiddo mastered the candy contour and moved on to people. Again, pushing the limits in the art room and working at your personal best pace.
Look at that shading!
Practice makes perfect.
Have you checked out YouTube for quick reference videos? if not, do so. It has a ton of resources for most any lesson
Thanks, Cassie Stephens for a a great tutorial for the kids to watch. Easy to follow.

So, come on and get your contour on….1969

This lesson was in between 2 big units. We needed a catch up day but still one that was packed with art learning material. I popped 2 bags of popcorn. Placed on a tray. Had kids grab a handful (they could eventually eat it if they wanted to)
We looked at the shapes of popcorn and drew what we saw. As we did this, we listened to music and just had a real chill kind of lesson. Lots of reference videos on this type of lesson on Youtube.
Lots of fun, 1969

I found a wonderful resource for this lesson here at
http://arteascuola.com/2013/09/exercises-in-shade-and-gradations-to-the-new-folders/
Check it out. It has all the details. This is a great classroom lesson or could easily be incorporated into a sub lesson.
Good Luck!
Thanks for stopping by, 1969
 
 Have you ever heard of the website Art Projects For Kids? If not, check it out here:
http://artprojectsforkids.org/
Kathy Barbro has some wonderful ideas for art lessons. This is one that I used for my 8th period, Art Club. I loved that the kids just ran with this project. Each cow has it’s own unique personality.
What is going to MOOOOVE you in 2017? Care to share? We would love to know what kind of art projects you have in mind to teach. Share with us in the comments below or Tweet to us at
@kimcdaniel
@Psychodelic65
You all know that our Dad, “Bobo”, taught us to love some Elvis Presley. With that being said…check out this of Elvis singing OLD McDONALD HAD A FARM…I am keeping with the  farm theme on this one 😉
Hope this post MOOOOVES you to get crackin’ and create something!
1969
We wanted to be proactive on campus and allow students a way to communicate ways to respect one another. We decided to have a “Chalk It Out Day” with the Fine Arts Classes. 
We researched several places online to gather information:
http://www.minnemamaadventures.com/2014/09/30/kindness-chalk-anti-bullying-movement/
http://www.minnemamaadventures.com/kindness-chalk/
https://www.facebook.com/events/868448173257178/
http://www.omaha.com/eedition/sunrise/articles/middle-schoolers-spread-anti-bullying-messages/article_4251a754-0531-57bc-a410-5d60dc969ef6.html
 http://chalkthewalks.com/
http://thejoyteam.org/chalk-walks/ 
http://brilliantbodywork.com/about/blog/positive-chalk-mantras 
Our “Kindness in Chalk” / “Chalk It Out” was a success. We were charged with encouraging positivity and inclusiveness around campus – we want to try to create a unified community and fortify our one school MINDSET.
Our positive messages written in chalk were a success!
Positive Thoughts
Generate Positive Feelings
And This Attracts A Positive Life 
Full Of Adventurous Experiences!
Positivy ROCKS on our campus! Try it on yours.
1969
I found some really cool ideas from these places listed below:
http://frubilledkunst.blogspot.nl/2012/06/op-art-4del-hvidlgsfed.html?m=1

 
Great visual instructions from Fru Billedkunst Blog

http://beckermiddleart.blogspot.com/2015/01/falling-into-op-art.html

Love this example from Becker Middle School

http://kidsartists.blogspot.com/2010/06/op-art-line-design-2-garlic-cloves.html
This was a great flyer to use with my students from Kids Artists Blog….Thank you for posting!
I gave my art club the flyers. They took a gander and started to create. These are pretty spiffiy and I love all the colors.
This Op Art Tutorial is AWESOME!
Check it out, 1969