We consider that all important adolescent issue of "fitting in," what that means, what we have to do and/or sacrifice to fit in, and when it's worth it and when it's not.
One girl in the video claimed there is nothing she can do to prevent becoming personally involved in a violent confrontation. One person's objective is to escalate it into a fist fight. Tell the child what you have learned and how you feel about violence and violent behavior, and how you hope he or she will deal with violence in his or her own life.
Role play: Take a particular conflict situation (either give it to your students or let them make it up). Write a letter of advice for that child to open when he or she reaches the age you are right now.
School shootings receive a great deal of media attention, and many parents are concerned about their children’s safety at school.
In reality, school violence statistics show that few students are killed at school, though every instance of a school shooting is a tragedy that affects entire communities and even the rest of the nation and the world.
comedian/teen counselor Michael Pritchard helps young adolescents discover that they have the power and the responsibility to make the right choices for themselves.
The TV cameras follow him to middle schools in different regions of the U. as he thrills his young listeners with unusual humor about growing up, and engages groups of teens in highly productive problem-solving sessions about serious issues that affect their lives.
But we shouldn't let little conflicts turn into big fights, especially violent ones. After the role play, have the class analyze what each person did to satisfy his/her objective. Did you change anything or make any decisions based on that experience? They say it makes us less sensitive to real violence in our homes and communities and more tolerant of it.
Here are some rules for keeping conflicts from getting out of control. Some of the kids in the video said that violence is just something you have to get used to because it happens all the time. What general principles or guidelines can be drawn from this? Write about a time when you either physically hurt somebody or were, yourself, physically hurt by someone else. And they say it sometimes even encourages some people to do violent things.
So I had a dream myself to come up and suggest persuasive speech topics for middle school students.
I can understand that perhaps at that age, they may not have the maturity to come up with topics of their own.
No offense meant to Martin Luther King or his rather soul-stirring speech, but I have to admit that it used to get a bit too irritating hearing the same thing over and over.