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Creating Safer Schools
Module 1: Overview of Violence Prevention and
Conflict Resolution
Objectives:
Define violence
Recognize the escalation of violence in today’s schools
Begin to develop a working definition of bullying
Evaluate the danger of gangs in our schools
Assess the importance of conflict resolution in school
Building Knowledge
Violence has been an everyday occurrence in many schools around the United States.
In the text that we are using we will see that kids bullying kids happens more often then
we would like to think. Jessie Klein makes the provocative argument that the rise of
school shootings across America, and childhood aggression more broadly, are the
consequences of a society that actually promotes aggressive and competitive behavior.
The Bully Society is a call to reclaim America’s schools from the vicious cycle of
aggression that threatens our children and our society at large.
In this module we will explore websites and read articles that will give us insight on
gangs, bullying, violence and the importance of conflict resolution in our schools.
Locate the authors website using the link here and explore Jessie Klein’s message. We
will come back to this site throughout the course so keep it handy.
So, what is violence and how is it escalating in today's schools? You will be asked to
define a few key terms in this module in order to set the stage for future modules. Begin
by exploring the Must See Websites listed and then moving on to the Module
Assignments.
Websites
Definition of Violence - This link will outline a general definition of violence.
American Psychological Association - This link gives some insight to violence and takes
the definition one step further.
Youtube video - Teachers Afraid to Speak Out about Escalating Violence in Public
Schools
Definition of Bullying - This link will outline a general definition of bullying, we will use it
to explore the types of bullying in future modules.
Gangs and Kids - This link has many articles and answers questions about gang life.
Conflict Resolution in Schools and Classrooms:
1. Education World
2. 4 Effective Conflict Resolution Strategies in the Classroom
Module One Assignments:
1. Talking Point 1: After reviewing the dictionary resources and American
Psychological site, define violence in your own words. Email your Talking Point to
the instructor and title it, "Module 1 Talking Point 1".
Your assignment will be grated with this rubric:
3 Points
2 Points
1 Point
Comments
precisely
describe the
topic and uses
specific
terminology as
well as express
specific
examples,
Comments
specifically
describe the
topic and use a
variety of
terminology.
Comments are
general and could
apply to multiple
situations.
references, or
insight.
2. Talking Point 2: Click this link and watch the video: Teachers Afraid to Speak Out
about Escalating Violence in Public Schools. Also a must-see link above.
Describe how this epidemic is escalating and share your thoughts on this problem.
What should the teachers do?
Email your Talking Point to the instructor and title it, "Module 1 Talking Point
2". Your assignment will be grated with this rubric:
3 Points
2 Points
1 Point
Comments
precisely
describe the
topic and uses
specific
terminology as
well as express
specific
examples,
references, or
insight.
Comments
specifically
describe the
topic and use a
variety of
terminology.
Comments are
general and could
apply to multiple
situations.
3. Reflection Assignment 1: Discuss gang violence and bullying after researching
them on the links above. In an email to the instructor, explain the definition of
bullying and your experience with what is being discussed. What experience or
knowledge do you have with gang violence?
Be sure to send this information in the body of the email, do not send it as an
attachment. In the subject line please type, "Module One - Reflection 1".
Your assignment will be graded with this rubric:
5 Points
4 Points
3 Points
2 Points
Assignment
is clearly
organized
and
presented
with
integration
of module
material
concepts as
Assignment
material is
read, and
there is an
above
average
integration of
ideas from
module
material
Assignment Assignment
is completed is poorly
with little or organized
no difficulty. with little
Average
integration
integration of of material
material
evident.
noted.
Writing
reflects
Follows
unrelated or
some detail
1 Point
0 Points
Assignment
lacks basic
elements of
organization
and thought.
No link to
material
concepts.
Planning is
lacking. No
Assignment
is not
attempted or
sent in
beyond the
designated
due date for
the
assignment.
well as its
appropriate
relationship
to website
references.
Student
follows
assignment
instructions
in exemplar
fashion.
and/or
given in
websites
module
according to assignment.
assignment
specifications.
nonsupportive
information
of course
concepts.
evidence of
student
adhering to
assignment
instructions.
Some
example is
given.
4. Reflection Assignment 2: Using the websites provided above sum up the key
facts you have learned about violence, bullying and gangs, by creating a hand out
for your school office that states the facts. **(We will add to this document later,
so please save it)**
You can set it up like the pdf example called the Key Dangers of Gangs, or any
other creative way. Be sure to copy and paste the content into the body of the
email. In the subject line please type, "Module One Reflection - Email 2".
Your assignment will be graded with this rubric:
3 Points
2 Points
1 Point
Comments
precisely
describe the
topic and uses
specific
terminology as
well as express
specific
examples,
references, or
insight.
Comments
specifically
describe the
topic and use a
variety of
terminology.
Comments are
general and could
apply to multiple
situations.
5. Talking Point 3: Why do you think conflict resolution is important in schools?
Come up with a lesson plan or idea that you can use to teach conflict resolution on
a small scale with a group of students or class. Using the links provided in the
must see area above, complete the task listed. Email your Talking Point to the
instructor and title it, "Module 1 Talking Point 3".
Your assignment will be graded with this rubric:
3 Points
2 Points
1 Point
Comments
precisely
describe the
topic and uses
specific
terminology as
well as express
specific
examples,
references, or
insight.
Comments
specifically
describe the
topic and use a
variety of
terminology.
Comments are
general and could
apply to multiple
situations.
6. Written Assignment to Instructor/Reflection Questions: Begin to read, The
Bully Society, at the end of Chapter One in your text, please reflect on what you
have just read (p.1 - 42). Reflections should be at least 10 - 12 sentences and
incorporate at least two - three key topics within the chapters you have been
asked to read. Email reflections to the Instructor. In the subject line write, "Module
One Reflection Questions".
3 Points
2 Points
1 Point
Comments
precisely
describe the
topic and uses
specific
terminology as
well as express
specific
examples,
references, or
insight.
Comments
specifically
describe the
topic and use a
variety of
terminology.
Comments are
general and could
apply to multiple
situations.
Type your reflections and responses to textbook web site activities single space
with an extra blank line between paragraphs. Use spell checker and proofread
your work. Send all reflections to the course instructor in the body of an e-mail
message (not as e-mail attachments) on or before the assigned due date. Please
place the module number and the word Reflection in the subject line of your
reflection e-mail messages, for example - Module 1 Reflection. One technique is
to create and save your reflections in word processing and then copy/paste the
reflection into an e-mail message. Reflections and Talking Pointings should be
written in the first person. Please include your name at the top of each reflection.
You will receive feedback and points earned for each assignment.
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