SOUTH KINGSTOWN – As school administrators and committees work to devise an adequate bully prevention policy, teachers are taking action inside the schools to help guide students through those troubling hallways.
At Curtis Corner Middle School, 7th grade English language arts teacher Kristen Precious is one teacher who is taking her lesson plan one step further to teach students about bullying through the books she assigns to the topics they write on.
Among many students, Precious is the teacher to go to discuss what is happening in their lives, why their friends are fighting and what’s causing it.
“They need a positive adult. I’m honest and I listen to them. I remember what it’s like to be their age,” Precious said. “I tell them life is never easy when you’re an adolescent. You couldn’t pay me one million dollars to go back to that age, but I’m here to listen and I’m happy to help you get through.”
In her curriculum, Precious tries to remind students of the power of positive behavior and helping others through books and classroom activities. One class activity, based on Pay It Forward reminds students to do a simple good deed for a stranger.
“We have to take it from that perspective that we all have a connection to one another. I try to take it from that perspective in my curriculum and with my kids,” Precious said.
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