Anti-Bullying Lesson - This Is Me song from The Greatest Showman

Discussion in 'Secondary Education' started by JimG, May 5, 2019.

  1. JimG

    JimG Comrade

    Jul 27, 2017
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    May 5, 2019

    We have opportunities in our ‘homeroom’ classes to incorporate lessons about real-life issues. I have this idea, which is not formulated fully, of using the This Is Me song as a jumping off point into a lesson about bullying. Some key points I would want to make are that there are students in our school who feel the same way as what some of the song lyrics describe, every day coming into the building.

    “I am not a stranger to the dark
    Hide away, they say
    'Cause we don't want your broken parts
    I've learned to be ashamed of all my scars
    Run away, they say
    No one'll love you as you are”

    “Another round of bullets hits my skin
    Well, fire away 'cause today, I won't let the shame sink in
    We are bursting through the barricades and
    Reaching for the sun (we are warriors)
    Yeah, that's what we've become (yeah, that's what we've become)”

    I do want to have students reflect on if there have been times they have felt similar ways. Perhaps more importantly, I would like to have students reflect on if there have been times that they have contributed to somebody else feeling that way.

    I guess my biggest concern is actually doing justice to an anti-bullying lesson and not having it come off as cheesy or corny instead. So I would welcome any and all ideas from members here to add substance to such a lesson. Like I said right now, I just have some ideas floating around in my head about it. Thanks in advance for any input.
  3. DinoTeach

    DinoTeach Rookie

    Feb 21, 2018
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    May 5, 2019

    What grade do you teach? This could be a good opportunity to talk about a couple of things that I find confuse kids and were part of our social-emotional lessons recently: 1) Fully realizing "you" isn't always a good thing as we are not perfect and all have things to work on. For instance, if you have a propensity toward anger, you need to find people who love you IN that to help you WITH that. This leads into number 2) Good friends call you out (lovingly) on bad behavior. One of our social-emotional lessons was about this and it was hard for kids to grasp. Then you could talk about 3) You need a close relationship with someone to call them out. There is no need to go sticking your nose where it doesn't belong, and trying to confront poor behavior (academic cheating, gossiping online, being rude, etc.) in acquaintances or people who aren't your best friends is a horrible idea and will always end poorly.

    I get this might not be what you were looking for, but I think conversations about bullying may well go in this direction depending on the age of the students. Also, this could be a good follow-up lesson that gets at bystanders, etc.

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