Sept. 27, 2013
By Tara Cavanaugh
When teaching kids to address bullying, it helps to get creative.
Allen Elementary students were delighted by a performance of musician Guy Louis, who used a variety of creative methods to help students understand how to recognize and address bullying behavior at an assembly Sept. 26.
Students sang, danced and played along with Louis while learning important behavioral lessons.
Music teacher Kim Coulson-Mobley arranged Louis’ visit to Allen and helped him create a performance that dovetailed nicely with the school’s Positive Behavior Intervention and Support curriculum.
Louis has also performed at Eberwhite and Bach elementary schools.
“What we’re trying to do is hit pretty hard with the bullying,” said Allen Principal Joan Fitzgibbon. “Our students attended the Block Out Bullying event and now we’re doing this with the kids today.”
Behavioral curriculum is taught in the classrooms, where students role play situations, Fitzgibbon added. “We’re just trying a lot of different approaches to make it fun and also to have the message attached to something that’s enjoyable.”
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