Stand Up, Speak Up

STAND UP, SPEAK UP!

Research shows that the key to eliminating bullying is in empowering people to stand up and speak up for themselves and others when confronted with bullying. Our goal at OCES is to directly teach our students strategies they can use if they are bullied or if they see someone else being bullied.


Each month we will focus on a word of the month related to bullying prevention.  Students present the word of the month on the morning announcements and read a scenario that demonstrates a situation when someone needs to stand up and speak up.
Teachers use literature, role playing, journal writing, and other activities to stimulate discussion in the classroom and to teach students practical, safe ways to deal with bullies. Students practice in the classroom so they will be ready to apply these skills.

WORDS OF THE MONTH

SEPTEMBER KINDNESS

  • being concerned about other people; showing concern for others
  • thinking about how others feel
  • wanting to make someone’s life better
  • kind = friendly, generous, sympathetic, considerate, warm-hearted

“Two girls in your class are looking at the girl sitting next to you, whispering and giggling.  You know they are making fun of her.  What would YOU do?”   

OCTOBER EMPATHY

  • understanding and respecting how someone else feels (not how you would feel in that situation, but how the other person feels)
    • How does that person feel?
    • What is he/she thinking?
  • put yourself in someone else’s shoes
  • compassion

“The teacher posts updates on the Accelerated Reader chart in the classroom.  There is a range of points that have been earned so far.  Two students immediately begin bragging about how many points they have earned.  They begin teasing a student sitting near you who hasn’t earned very many points.  What would YOU do?”

NOVEMBER STRENGTH

  • We gain strength by learning and practicing strategies that will enable us to stand up and speak up for ourselves and other.
  • Strength helps us deal with stressful or painful situations.
  • Strength means exercising the muscles in our minds and not letting little things bother us.

“At recess, there is a line for the swings.  Jed wants his turn now.  He pushes Gordon out of the way.  Some of the kids in line start laughing.  What would YOU do?” 

DECEMBER TOLERANCE

  • a willingness to recognize and respect the beliefs or practices of others, especially when they are different than yours

    “”You have a new student in your class who does not speak English.  At lunch some of your classmates are making fun of the food she is eating and the clothes she is wearing.  What would YOU do?”

    JANUARY RESPECT

  • treating other people the way you want to be treated
  • treating ourselves, others and the world around us with consideration, care and dignity
  • accepting differences
  • ·open-mindedness
  • patience

“Betty repeatedly makes unkind comments about classmates’ clothing, what they eat for lunch, or how they look Every time a student tells a teacher, Betty always responds with “Oh, I was just kidding.”  What would YOU do?”  

FEBRUARY COURAGE

  • the ability to overcome fear
  • the confidence to overcome obstacles and to persevere when things are difficult
  • bravery
  • ·valor
  • ·nerve

    “A boy trips and drops his lunch tray.  Several students laugh.  You try to help and a student from another table grabs your arm and tells you not to.  What would YOU do?” 

    MARCH LEADERSHIP

  • being able and willing to influence or guide others
  • Positive leaders are responsible, trustworthy, and respectful. They are role models for others.
  • We show positive leadership when we make the smart choice, even in a difficult situation.

“Edgar walks in the classroom with a new haircut.  Several kids in the classroom begin to giggle.  One of them sarcastically says, “Nice haircut!”  A few other students chime in.  What would YOU do?”  

APRIL ASSERTIVE

  • showing confidence
  • the ability to express your thoughts, emotions and needs without disrespecting others
  • powerful in a positive way

“Two girls come up to one of their classmates in the middle of the playground and say, “We can’t play with you anymore because Matilda says she won’t be our friend if we do.”  The girls turn and go back over to play with Matilda.  What would YOU do?”  

MAY BEFRIEND

  • being kind and friendly to everyone
  • helping others even if you do not know them well

“A new student gets on the bus.  “Can I sit with you?” she asks.  Harry responds, “Uhhh…no.  This seat is saved.”  The girl is upset and embarrassed.  What would YOU do?”