A Unit Plan On Respect

A Unit Plan On Respect

This unit covers all the components necessary to teach respect to your students. It contains lesson plans, activities, character training, links, short stories, and links to podcasts and videocasts. You will learn how to teach respect as your students learn this necessary quality for life long success. (Grades 3-12)
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The Anti-Bullying Teacher Toolbox

The Anti-Bullying Teacher Toolbox

The idea behind this toolbox is to provide as many resources as possible to help a teacher deal with the bullying epidemic. It is downloadable and has many links that can be accessed with a click. It provides material that can be added to and can be modified. It has podcasts and some very unique videocasts. Believe it or not it is a starting point for teachers and as they move forward they can create their own folder and add materials to the tool box making it their own very powerful resource that can be used to help students and other teachers deal with bullying issues in their school. Be sure to use the links, this toolbox is designed to be viewed on your computer. You don’t have to be on the web as some of the links were created offline.
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Knowing The Presidents

Knowing The Presidents

This lesson is designed to help students get a comprehensive understanding of who the presidents were/are, years served and who served with them as vice president. The students will work to memorize the required information and then fill in a worksheet identifying the key information. (Answer keys are provided) The students will then answer questions about some of the presidents identifying some important facts. The Students will have the opportunity to create their own fact sheet about a president of their choice. This is an excellent lessons for grades 5-12.
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Don't Be Muzzled

Don't Be Muzzled

When a system beats you over the head with the club of political correctness that system has muzzled it's members and in reality has bullied them. Speak your mind and use conflicts productively and take the time to see both sides of a disagreement. But, don't be muzzled.
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The Many Roles In Bullying

The Many Roles In Bullying

It's not just bullying. It's a bully victim dynamic that we have to address. Bullying has many roles that need to be looked at if we are going to solve the problem and stop the epidemic. This 5 minute video covers the roles and offers suggestions.
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Is The Behavior Conduct Or Clinical?

Is The Behavior Conduct Or Clinical?

Teachers will respond or react to a student who exhibits verbal or physical conduct problems. I mean, that’s our job right? But what about the kid whose head is down on his desk, the kid who is just so quiet that you wonder what is going on behind those eyes, the kid who is disaffected but really is not a behavior problem at all? Often we can be so concerned about the outward conduct of our students that the disaffected kid can get lost in the sauce. This kid needs our help.
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White Noise

White Noise

Sometimes teachers can go so overboard with praise with everything just being awesome that students begin to hear nothing but white noise.
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Character Education Flash Cards

Character Education Flash Cards

These cards are designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn some unique character qualities that are essential for lifelong success. There are 16 cards that can be shown to the students. The teacher has the answer key which he/she uses to determine if the student gave the right definition for the quality. The opposite of the quality is also provided so that the student can get an idea of what the quality does and does not mean. These cards are an excellent way of assuring that students have a clear understanding of the qualities that are associated with success and what will contribute to their own maturity and personal growth. Memorizing is a great way for students to begin to ingrain this information into their life. Once they have an understanding what each quality means it will become easier to live out the quality. (Grades 2-4)
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A Unit Plan On Resilience

A Unit Plan On Resilience

This unit will provide the teacher with a great lesson plan and a series of links, podcasts, and activities on how to teach resilience. Resilience is a quality that is needed most as we teach our students how to respond to bullying situations and conflict. It includes sections on character education and provides suggestions on how to encourage your students to maintain control of their thoughts, words, actions, attitudes and motives. (Grades 3-12)
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A Unit Plan On Responsibility

A Unit Plan On Responsibility

This unit covers the many facets of responsibility and helps the students realize what they are really responsible for. It has articles, links, podcasts, and videocasts to help the teacher stay organized with everything at their finger tips. The unit starts with a great lesson with activities that follow that help improve character and accountability. (Grades 3-12)
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A Unit Plan On Respect

A Unit Plan On Respect

This unit covers all the components necessary to teach respect to your students. It contains lesson plans, activities, character training, links, short stories, and links to podcasts and videocasts. You will learn how to teach respect as your students learn this necessary quality for life long success. (Grades 3-12)
JamesHBurns
The Super Bowl Trivia Game

The Super Bowl Trivia Game

This game gives students the opportunity to research questions about past Super Bowls. The students are asked questions, have time to look up answers, and score points in a jeopardy type format. The game is played in groups which helps build community and improved classroom climate and camaraderie. A great game to play prior to the Super Bowl for some fun and a little excitement. (Grades 5-12)
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Valuing The Differences

Valuing The Differences

These three lesson plans will help students realize that valuing the differences in one another is a great way to begin to understand uniqueness, what they like about one another, and yes what my name really is. A great way to teach tolerance and diversity. (Grades 2-12)
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The Motivational Gift Career Manual

The Motivational Gift Career Manual

This product will not only help your students discover their motivational gift it will also provide the gifts strengths and weaknesses as well as careers and jobs associated with each of the gifts. A great tool for students grades 9-12.
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The Behavior Management Teacher Toolbox

The Behavior Management Teacher Toolbox

This toolbox provides teachers with 12 strategies on how to manage unruly behavior. It includes 16 bonus tips on how to build relationships, teaching listening skills, dealing with lack of cooperation, defusing power struggles, how to use praise effectively and much more. It is a must for new teachers and veteran teachers will be amazed on how with just some small tweaking in language or attitude can make lasting changes in student behavior. Designed to be used for students K-12. Excellent resource.
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Brain Bursts

Brain Bursts

I am introducing Brain Bursts. These 30-60 second activities help increase circulation, get the students moving, increase body awareness, and improve focus. They can be done with the students standing at their desks and require very little space. These activities mimic what young children love to do and that’s run. If you look at a child they run from place to place, not walk. They naturally engage their brain by sprinting short periods of time. Games like basketball, tag, baseball, and football are all sports that have the participants sprinting, rarely do you see a 7 or 8 year old doing long distance running. Great for all ages. Excellent for Grades K-8.
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Comeback Cards

Comeback Cards

These cards are designed to be downloaded, cut out and laminated. They are extremely useful in helping elementary and middle school students develop the language to deal with bully’s who use their words to hurt or embarrass others. They also provide students with positive self talk statements that help to improve the victims self esteem and confidence. Once these cards are produced they can be given to multiple students and placed in a folder or punched and placed in a binder. They are an excellent tool to help deal with individual fears that occur because of a bully’s harassment and intimidation.
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Character Card Posters

Character Card Posters

These posters are designed to be reminders to your students about the importance of character and what these 10 qualities actually mean. Each poster has the quality and a definition of the quality. They are excellent for elementary levels K-6. Once downloaded they can be laminated and displayed. They can also be given as rewards when you believe a student has displayed one of the qualities.
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Knowing The Presidents

Knowing The Presidents

This lesson is designed to help students get a comprehensive understanding of who the presidents were/are, years served and who served with them as vice president. The students will work to memorize the required information and then fill in a worksheet identifying the key information. (Answer keys are provided) The students will then answer questions about some of the presidents identifying some important facts. The Students will have the opportunity to create their own fact sheet about a president of their choice. This is an excellent lessons for grades 5-12.
JamesHBurns
The New Years Resolution Journal For Students

The New Years Resolution Journal For Students

This journal is designed to help students understand their strengths and weaknesses through the use of a simple motivational gift inventory. Once the students understand what motivates them they then can begin to journal about some of the New Years resolutions that he/she would like to make. The student is guided in the journal with prompts that will help them improve as a student, sibling, son, daughter or friend. It also asks some important questions about the qualities of respect and responsibility. A great resource for the new year and is very useful for students in grades 5 and up.
JamesHBurns
Society's Morality Can't Keep Up With Technology (Podcast)

Society's Morality Can't Keep Up With Technology (Podcast)

Technology moves so fast that often kids don't have time to think. Often they lack the necessary self control to keep them out of trouble. This podcast provides the listener with the necessary information to help understand why we need to council our students regarding the correct use of facebook, twitter, and text messaging. A must listen for teachers and parents.
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - Lessons on Character (Grades 5-12)

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - Lessons on Character (Grades 5-12)

These lesson are designed to provide the students with a view of some of the quotes by Dr. Martin Luther King and also the character qualities that he displayed as a civil rights leader in the 1960’s. The lesson includes 10 quotes with one bonus quote at the end. Each quote has a character quality associated with it and 5-6 questions that you as the teacher can ask your students that will provoke discussion and give the students a chance to think of their responsibility as it relates to the character qualities. There is a short quiz at the end that the class can take as a whole, with one bonus question. Each question is worth 10 points. The bonus question can be awarded as many points as the teacher would like in order to increase the student’s score.
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What If The Frankenstein Monster Was Really A Nice Guy?

What If The Frankenstein Monster Was Really A Nice Guy?

This lesson is designed to help students understand what society would do today with the Frankenstein Monster and what might happen if the monster was really a nice guy. It also explores how we as a society handle difference and the reaction that others might have when they realize that this person was artificially created with the use of used body parts. A great lesson for grades 5 and up. January 1st is the 200 anniversary of the publishing of Mary Shelly's book Frankenstein.
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