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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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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Helping Parents Understand Bullying (K-12)

Helping Parents Understand Bullying (K-12)

This presentation is designed to be used at parent conferences, back to school nights, or during PTA meetings to help parents gain an understanding of the problem of bullying. It gives parents the information on what to do if their child is being victimized by a bully. This also includes the article "Who Will Parent The Parents." This article gives insight on what to do with emotionally immature parents. Excellent for administration.
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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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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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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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
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
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
A Students Guide To Cyberbullying (Middle School)

A Students Guide To Cyberbullying (Middle School)

This presentation is a great resource for teachers to use as a tool to teach their students about the perils of cyberbullying . It describes what it looks like, steps that need to be taken if you are being cyberbullied, and who to go to for help. A must presentation that should be shown to students in their middle school years.
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Compromise (The Book)

Compromise (The Book)

It's the little foxes that spoil the vine. Often we don't see it coming but it does. It's the small stuff that gets you. Over the last 40 years education has been the frog and some of the ideas, and philosophies that we have been sold have been the pot of water. Well the water is boiling now and has been for the past 40 years, slowly. We have compromised values and have gone down the path of mediocrity. Read on. This is a great partner to the audio podcast sold in my shop.
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The Effects of Recess and Play On The Academic Achievement of Children

The Effects of Recess and Play On The Academic Achievement of Children

This presentation covers the importance of physical activity and its relationship to academic achievement. It has been researched and it contains a bibliography at the end. It also includes the article Playground Politics which cover the benefits of physical activity and how it promotes healthy competition and how it develops problem solving skills. This is a great resource and is a must at faculty meetings, for professional development, and for new teachers.
JamesHBurns
An Anti Bullying Conference

An Anti Bullying Conference

This Conference provides the factors that must be understood as a family, a community, a school, and as a society in dealing with the bullying epidemic. It is hyperlinked throughout and contains links to books, podcasts, and articles. It is an excellent tool for any staff to acquire professional development hours and can be used for discussion at faculty meetings.
JamesHBurns
Stop The Bullying (K-12)

Stop The Bullying (K-12)

This 43 page e-book provides teachers with strategies, tips, and suggestions on how to teach respect, encourage responsibility, build compliance, and promote resilience in their students. It is designed for any grade level and is a must read for new teachers and those that struggle with classroom behavior management skills.
JamesHBurns
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.
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
Dealing With Parents Who Lack Respect and Responsibility

Dealing With Parents Who Lack Respect and Responsibility

Dealing with angry and irate parents can be intimidating and at times threatening. This product gives you some guidelines on how to deal with parents who lack respect and responsibility and offers suggestions on how to manage planned and unplanned parent teacher conferences. A must for new teachers.
JamesHBurns