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?
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