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.
JamesHBurns
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 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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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)
JamesHBurns
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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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.
JamesHBurns
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.
JamesHBurns
The Teacher's Life Notebook

The Teacher's Life Notebook

The purpose of this Life Notebook is to provide teachers an opportunity to reflect on some areas of their professional life and help identify their strengths and challenges. As a teacher it is important to like yourself if in fact you are going to have positive relationships with your students and other staff members. It’s necessary to get along with administration, avoid spreading rumors and gossip, problem solve, learn to forgive and above all take care of yourself.
JamesHBurns
Courageous Conversations

Courageous Conversations

This journal poses 10 questions that helps students see their responsibility in social problem solving. It helps the student see that the problem starts with me and ends with us. A great tool for conflict resolution and mediation.
JamesHBurns
Keys To An Effective In School Suspension Program

Keys To An Effective In School Suspension Program

Suspensions at times don't work but, In school suspension can work if it is handled the correct way. This step by step guide outline the keys to an effective in school suspension program and provides a handy log to monitor student progress both academically and behaviorally. A great resource.
JamesHBurns
FOX - CNN - MSNBC

FOX - CNN - MSNBC

All the news fair and balanced. Or is it? Our students come from homes where these news outlets become the moral compass of their parents. They then come into school with less tolerance for others only to discover that diversity is everywhere including their classroom. This audio will help you understand why teaching tolerance is so important.
JamesHBurns
Sexual Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying In Schools and In The Workplace

Sexual Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying In Schools and In The Workplace

This guide is usable for teachers and students alike. It explains what Sexual Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying looks like which is a great way for teachers to start a discussion with their students on the topic. It also fits in with the culture of our world today as this issue seems to be in the news on a daily basis. It is truly instructive and preventative.
JamesHBurns
Respect and Responsibility Writing Prompts

Respect and Responsibility Writing Prompts

These prompts help students and teachers discover the importance of respect and responsibility. They include strategies and tips to help answer the prompts and are designed to make this a whole school activity. Great for designing lesson plans and improving classroom behavior.
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The Everyday Bundle

The Everyday Bundle

This Bundle provides over 130 tips and strategies to help combat bullying and to help you and your students become your personal best.
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The Real 3R's: Respect, Responsibility, and Resilience

The Real 3R's: Respect, Responsibility, and Resilience

These are not your garden variety lesson plans. They were written to include one plan for each of the 3R’s with the inclusion of suggestions, links, and podcasts that the reader can click on to listen to. If you purchase a hard copy of the book I have included the link where applicable so it can be copied into your browser. I have gone very narrow and very deep and tried to really hit a home run with the activities. I also included character qualities associated with each one of the 3R’s and in the area of resiliency have included some activities and suggestions that are related to these qualities that can be used in a classroom, or in a home. There is also included a bonus course at the end of the book as well.
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The 3R's Bundle

The 3R's Bundle

Buy the Real 3R's: Respect, Responsibility, and Resilience and get The How Did You Do It Journal for FREE. A great bundle to help teach the real 3R's and have kids wrote about their progress. Also receive The 10 Ways to Build Any Relationship absolutely FREE.
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The Coach's Bundle

The Coach's Bundle

Buy 13 Anti Bullying Activities and Get The How Did You Do It Journal And The ABC's Of Anti - Bullying For FREE. A Great Combination Of Resources That Helps Those Affected By The Bullying Epidemic.
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13 Simple Anti-Bullying Activities

13 Simple Anti-Bullying Activities

Bullying has become an epidemic in our schools. However it is defined, bullying is not just child’s play, but a terrifying experience many American school children face every day. It can be as direct as teasing, hitting, or threatening, or indirect as exclusion, rumors, or manipulation. During the past decade, bullying has become more lethal and has occurred more frequently than it had in the previous two decades. Cyber bullying with the use of cell phones, the computer and the social media have created an environment for our children where they can be bullied at any time and in any place. The recent suicides by some of the victims of bullying have gained much media attention have proven further that, bullying can no longer be explained away, as some adults are inclined to do, as a normal part of growing up. Bullying has only harmful, not beneficial, effects for the target and the perpetrator- even the bystander. Many children in our nation’s schools are robbed of the opportunity to learn because they are bullied and victimized daily. Bullying exacts a terrible toll on children, and the scars can last a lifetime.
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