In Class - Discuss current events. Discuss issue of bullying in the classroom: several young kids have taken their own lives over the previous months due to excessive bullying that has taken place at school. Who is responsible? Parents? Teachers? Administrators? Students? Short video clips concerning this issue. Hand out article "School bullying activist: I know the terror Phoebe felt" by Jodee Blanco.
Homework - Read article and write a short reaction to this article. What can you (students) do to help eliminate this problem in an environment where students are supposed to feel safe? Also, introduce yourself to five people you do not know. Who knows, there may be a friendship in the making.
QOW - Since I am a softy regarding truly inspiring stories,read the following articles about Jaime Escalante. Write a reaction to these articles about the man and his mission to educate his students. Be sure to proofread your responses before submitting. This is due on Friday, April 9.