Synopses & Reviews
Research clearly shows that our schools are often unhealthy social environments: 80 percent of middle school students report seeing arguments or fights every day at school. Almost three out of four (70 percent) of surveyed girls ages 8-17 report symptoms of low self-esteem. Even worse, most of these girls reported falling into patterns of dysfunctional behavior, such as bullying, disordered eating, or smoking or drinking when feeling badly.
In this book, author Kevin Strauss has carefully laid out background information, traditional stories, and skill-building activities that will enable teachers to help their students master bullying and drug prevention, self-control, and conflict resolution, as well as establish healthy self-esteem and optimism. The "Story/Activity/Discussion" approach of this text makes the serious task of learning and practicing critical life skills fun for both teachers and students. This story-based approach also increases retention of building-block skills, especially for younger students.
• Introduces a unique approach to overcoming youth social issues: use traditional folk tales to engage listeners and model prosocial behavior, then solidify the lessons with activities that effectively teach skills in a classroom setting
• Contains research-based "best practices" to help teachers and students more effectively address bullying, drug use, conflict, and low self-esteem in the classroom
• Offers a great resource for storytellers as well as educators
• Includes over 80 traditional and adapted folk tales and stories from around the world
• Four annotated bibliographies that include fiction and nonfiction books on topics like bully prevention, drug abuse prevention, conflict resolution, and self-esteem
• Glossary listings are provided with stories containing unfamiliar words and difficult pronunciations
·Includes over 80 traditional and adapted folk tales and stories from around the world
·Four annotated bibliographies that include fiction and nonfiction books on topics like bully prevention, drug abuse prevention, conflict resolution, and self-esteem
·Glossary listings are provided with stories containing unfamiliar words and difficult pronunciations
Grounded in research, this book offers a collection of stories, activities, and teaching techniques to empower children and teens to effectively handle bullying and conflicts, as well as avoid drug use and low self-esteem.
The increase of bullying in school environments is a dangerous trend; it's now the most common form of violence in society. Studies show that as many as 25 percent of American students are targets of frequent bullying. Our children desperately need help to deal with bullies and resolve conflictsand to steer clear of the established pitfalls of drug use and low self-esteem.