The book “Confessions of a Former Bully”, by Trudy Ludwig (sequel to My Secret Bully) is a great resource told from the unusual point of view of the bullier rather than the bullied. Katie gets caught teasing a schoolmate and is forced to meet with the school counselor so that she can make right her wrong and learn to be a better friend. It doesn’t take Katie long to realize that bullying has hurt not only the people around her, but her, too.
In Katie’s plan to make things right, she ends up creating an informative guide book to help kids understand more about the different types of bullying, the motivation of a bully, and tools to deal with bullying situations.
The practical empower tool belt is a great area to focus on with your students.
After reading “Confessions of a Former Bully“, discuss the various empower tools mentioned in the book. Explain that it’s important for all students to be aware of these tools and that it may be good to do an education campaign (media literacy).
Ask students to make a poster of one the empower tools mentioned in the book (e.g. Stop!; Why?; Turn an Insult into a Compliment; Laugh About It!; So, Whatever, Huh, Who Cares?; Walk Away; Agree; Act Silly).
Explain that a display of these strategies will educate other students and can help stop relational aggression.
Further discuss the audience they are aiming to educate with their media. Together co-create the criteria for an effective poster.