Bully-Free at Alden Middle
The school counselors, co-teach a two-week educational unit on bully prevention in the seventh grade Health classes. The unit has an emphasis on personal reflection. Students define verbal, physical and cyber-bullying and also identify circumstances of where and when bullying occurs.
To facilitate learning about self-reflection and responsibility, we address roles in bullying, utilize multi-media video which depicts cyber-bullying situations and explores what to do should students witness bullying. Students learn about the far reaching effects of bullying, how a situation can easily escalate and the roles that students play in these types of situations.
Additionally, students learn pro-active communication styles with the intent to prevent future bullying. Throughout the two-week unit, counselors encourage students to seek help from any adult they trust, if they are involved in any bully situation. The unit culminates with students making a commitment to keep Alden Middle School bully free.