10 Favourite Characters from 10 different Fandoms

“List ten favorite characters, each from a different series or fandom, in no particular order. Then tag some humans.“

1. Ronald Weasley (Harry Potter)
2. April (Parks and Recreation)
3. Daryl (The Walking Dead)
4. Sheldon (The Big Bang Theory)
5. Phoebe (FRIENDS)
6. Annabeth (Percy Jackson)
7. Stacy (Drop Dead Diva)
8. Eugene (Tangled)
9. The Joker (Batman)
10. Gwen (Merlin)

This took forever to think of and I put way too much thought into it.
But I want others to suffer so I tag: writingandbooksandthings potterdoctorallons-y consultingangel-ofthe-timelord quackyduckposts flackandcheese fishyc2 yoursdeerlyjames bored-of-education

“A study of 20 elementary schools in Hawaii has found that a program to build social, emotional and character skills resulted in significantly improved quality of education.

The program, which is centered on activities to build character, only takes about an hour a week away from traditional education, but has led to fewer suspensions, lower absenteeism, and better reading and math scores on standardized tests, researchers say.”


Excellent rap video on RESPECT that kids will enjoy! Well done. Talented teacher and kids really get their point across.

#elemchat #spechat #respect #character ed.

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Bully Books

Your class library is beautiful and I’m super insanely jealous. What are bully books? 

— bewarequitepossiblyaninja Thank you!!  About a month ago, I posted about a series of lessons on “Standing Up” for other that I taught.  A few days after that, a student brought in a story she had written at home that was “inspired” by the books we had read (I tell you, Trudy Ludwig is a great children’s author!).  I read the student’s story to the class, and everyone loved it.  I didn’t assign it or give them class time, but all the sudden student after student started bringing in their own stories, which we dubbed “Bully Books”.

The kids were so excited (and prolific) about them that we labelled them like our other books and set up a box in our library:

I think kids enjoy writing the books because they talk about issues they all deal with, and because the plot is very predictable and manageable for a fourth grader: someone is being picked on or left out, they stand up for themselves or someone helps them out, and there is a resolution.  We have been studying Author’s Purpose and Author’s Viewpoint, so many of them started using that language to tell the moral of their story:

Pretty much all my students got into it…boys, girls, “popular”, “unpopular”.  While it happened without my planning, I could imagine a really successful teacher-led class project on writing “Bully Books”.

Our high school students wake themselves up, get themselves to school, grind through their assignments, follow up with their teachers, and often care for their siblings as well, relying on their own motivation while their parents work a second or third job to make ends meet. On average the adolescents I teach work harder than any group of adults I’ve ever known. They don’t need us to teach them grit, much less to bribe them into it. All they need is an environment in which grit is sustainable, in which success is possible and celebrated.
Character Questions #11: Education Edition
  1. Did your character receive formal education,
  2. What is their favorite thing to learn about?
  3. Is there something they were prevented from learning? How and why?
  4. Do they have any learning disabilities or difficulties with learning?
  5. Do they enjoy learning new things?
  6. Do they prefer to learn from theory or practice?
  7. Did they ever have a teacher who strongly influenced them?
  8. Did they ever teach someone something?
  9. If they do to school (or did in the past), do they like it or hate it?
  10. How do they feel about the education system and learning in general?
  11. Is there something they know but don’t know how they’ve learned?
  12. If they were to choose a college major, what would it be?
  13. What’s the most recent thing they learned?
  14. What’s their favorite learning method?
  15. What do they consider the most important thing they learned? The most useless?

Update! 30+ Bullying Prevention Awareness Month Resources

-Includes games/interactives/resources. 

#bullying  #charactered #elemchat #spedchat #edtech

I have updated a previous post and added a few more resources as well as deleting links that no longer work.

Mcgruff  -The Crime Dog-

Bullying. No Way! 

Cyberbullying Detective


CyberBully Zombies Attack

Out on a Limb


Billy the Bully

S-Team Heroes


Grab a Bully by the Horns

Beat the Bully

Kids Against Bullying

Bully Boy and Gossip Girl

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Bully Round-up

Quiz: How much do you know about bullying?

The End of Bullying Starts with Me! (digital petition)

Be a Kid Against Bullying printable bookmark/pledge

Ideas for Kids

Dealing with Bullies

Bully Free! It starts with Me!!! (pledge)

A New Way to Stop Bullying?

Beat Bullying YouTube Channel

Beat Bullying Teaching Resources

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Looking for service projects to to with students? Pick up some neat ideas from Random Acts of Kindness.

100’s of ideas are available in their archive and you can also add your own. They also feature inspirational stories provided by their readers, many of which would work great with kids.

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What are some ways to teach middle school students to be kind to each other? Specifically girls. I’m not talking anti-bullying lessons, because they always seem to think “bullying is bad, but I don’t bully [even if they do]. This doesn’t apply to me.” On a more basic level, how can we teach them to actually say kind words and do kind things? Some of them have no examples of kind, loving behavior to model themselves after, I’m sure of it. Any suggestions?