If Your Child Witnesses Bullying

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Silence encourages bullying behaviour. Thank your child for having the courage to tell you about it. A warm, non-judgemental manner will set the stage for this discussion. Model caring and concern for others. This will serve your child well in the future. Stay calm and get the facts. Find out the names of those involved. Get the sequence of events … Read More

Kindness to Animals

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Animals play important roles in all our lives, and children especially seem to have a natural affinity for animals. The nature of their relationships with animals and the natural world are important in shaping their overall attitudes and beliefs. Encouraging positive relationships with other living beings and our common home—the Earth—is the aim of Humane Education.

Global Citizenship

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Traditionally, education was seen as playing an important role in developing loyal and dutiful citizens. As our understanding of citizenship expands to address issues such as human rights, globalization, language, nationalism, equality, multiculturalism and pluralism, citizenship education is becoming more centred on the concept of inclusion and respect for diversity. This is an important element in creating welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments.

Class Meetings

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Holding class meetings can be an effective way to promote a safe and caring learning environment because it can be used to decrease school discipline problems. This democratic problem-solving approach serves to enhance responsible behaviour. Teachers will need to adapt the strategies and examples provided to make them best suited for the students they are working with. The class meeting approach has been used successfully with students from primary grades through to high school.

Brain Development and Healthy Relationships

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Cognitive and neuroscientists agree – there is a link between threat and other forms of violence and impaired brain functioning. Strong emotions triggered by emotions, such as anxiety or fear, can create what educational researcher Daniel Goleman calls “neural static”, and can sabotage the functioning of the brain’s prefrontal lobes where reasoning and higher-level thinking take place. According to Goleman, “… continual emotional distress can create deficits in a child’s intellectual abilities, crippling the capacity to learn.”

Two Spirit Youth

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Two-Spirit people have a long history among Indigenous people across Canada. Before first contact with European colonizers, most Indigenous people recognized the importance of Two-Spirit individuals and the special responsibility bestowed on them by the Creator. At the time they were considered visionaries, healers, medicine people and leaders of their communities. Two-Spirit people were respected as equal and vital members of Indigenous societies. There are individuals documented in history, great women who took wives and carried the bow, and men carrying out duties usually assigned to women.

Transgender Youth

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Students who experience discrimination, whether it is based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity or culture, have a legal right to be safe and protected in schools. Transgender students, or those who are labelled as such, are among the most at-risk group in schools.

LGBTQ Youth (for counsellors)

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The role of today’s school counsellor is increasingly complex, multifaceted and vital in the creation of healthy, vibrant and resilient schools. Because of their diversity of experiences, school counsellors are in a unique role to become one of the leading change agents and advocates for inclusion, human rights and social justice in their schools. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified and queer (LGBTQ) students or those who are labeled as such are among the most at-risk groups in today’s schools. As such, schools must become welcoming, caring, respectful and safe environments for LGBTQ students and their families. School counsellors can play an important role in helping to create these welcoming environments by helping schools to transition from “risky” to “resilient” spaces that accommodate and respect the needs and concerns of all students regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

What Can I Do If I See Someone Being Bullied?

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Those who witness bullying have the power to stop it. If you see someone being bullied, show that you CARE. Care about others Ask an adult for help Reach out End it Tips: If you see someone being bullied, offer to help. Invite him or her to hang out with you and your friends (people who bully often target someone … Read More

What Can I Do If I Bully Others?

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If you are always picking on other students, you have a problem. It may be hard to admit you have a problem, but we all have to own up to how we treat other people. It’s not right to want to make others feel badly. If bullying behaviour makes you feel powerful, you must realize that no one really likes … Read More