Overview: Recognizing and diffusing bullying behavior through music.
Bullying has become quite a troubling issue in schools today. Students are seeing more and hearing more bullying at home, on television, and through the internet and it has now become a subject where we need to provide education. We need to provide students with a way to recognize, diffuse, and report bullying to keep them safe. This bullying lesson plan begins this work.
This lesson integrates the story of Cinderella with the music of Prokofiev. Students build the skills to recognize bullying behavior, come up with a plan for what to do about it and use the music to tell the new anti-bullying version of the story. There’s even a place for extending the bullying lesson to include a student-created public service announcement for their school on bullying. Let’s work on ending this epidemic together!
Susan Riley is the founder and President of EducationCloset.com. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, Common Core State Standards, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and Arts and the Common Core.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter.