Sunday, September 11, 2011

Peace Pals

Every month I ask teachers to nominate one student they feel best demonstrated all the traits(C.A.R.E.S) emphasized in the Peace Pledge.  These students I call Peace Pals.  Peace Pals are celebrated by receiving a prize from my prize box, their pictures are placed on the Peace Pal bulletin board, an opportunity to recite the Peace Pledge over the morning announcements, and a special pizza party!




It is my philosophy that if we want students to stop bullying each other, we must teach them HOW to be nice.  It is simply not enough to say stop being mean.  As school counselors I feel its our role to create a school climate where students feel HAPPY & SAFE to come to school.

Do YOU agree or disagree with my philosophy?

7 comments:

  1. Love it- and totally agree. Have you heard of PeaceBuilders? This is what we do at our school- we have both Peace Preferals (from teachers) and Praise Notes (from the kids to each other) When the kids get a Peace Preferal, we call home to tell the parent how great their kid is, and they get to have a jean Friday (we are a charter school)! The Praise Notes are even better- students catch their classmates being nice and a peacebuilder and write them a note. When the kids get a Praise Note- they bring them to the cafeteria every Friday to pick from the prize box. Not only are we teaching them HOW to be nice... we are teaching them how to recognize those same characteristics in each other and to commend them on it. : )

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  2. Thanks for stopping by Tabitha! Is PeaceBuilders a curriculum? If so, who publishes it?

    LOVE the praise notes-how do you make sure students are using these notes appropriately?

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  3. http://www.peacebuilders.com/

    It is a curriculum, but I am sure you could do things here and there that would work with what you are doing.

    Because Peace Builders is our Positive Behavior Program- the Dean of Students, another one of our administrators, and I all do classroom guidance teaching on the elements of the program such as the Praise Notes. Its super cool that EVERYONE in the school is involved including the teachers of course, who make sure they are reinforcing the Praise Notes and that the kids are using them appropriately.

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  4. Thanks for the link! I think it is so important that you have support for the whole staff in order to have a successful program like this. Sounds like you do :)

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  5. What a great idea! I think kids need a little incentive to get the ball rolling. Once other kids see that there are good things that come from being nice, they will want to be nice too! I am definitely going to add this idea to my toolbox of ideas! Thanks!

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  6. I definitely agree! I am currently pursuing my M.Ed in School Counseling and you are helping so much by providing so much knowledge & so many resources. Keep up the awesome work!

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  7. I definitely agree. We are in year one of the Olweus program and it only addresses what bully behavior is and how to intervene. We need so much more than that!

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