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Signe Whitson: Rude vs. Mean vs. Bullying: Defining the Differences

Signe Whitson: Rude vs. Mean vs. Bullying: Defining the Differences
A few weeks ago, I had the terrific fortune of getting to present some of the bullying prevention work that I do to a group of children at a local bookstore. As if interacting with smiling, exuberant young people was not gift enough, a reporter also attended the event a wrote a lovely article about my book and the work I do with kids, parents, educators and youth care professionals. All in all, it was dream publicity and since then, has sparked many conversations with people in my town who saw my photo in the newspaper and immediately related to the examples of bullying that were discussed. I have been brought to tears more than once since the article ran, while listening to parents share their feelings of outrage and helplessness over their kids’ experiences with bullying in school. One gifted but socially awkward middle school student blew me away with his articulate, poised, yet searingly painful accounts of relentless physical and verbal bullying on his school bus. Explore HuffPost

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Michael Brown’s Autopsy Report Corroborates Eye Witness Testimony An independent autopsy of police brutality victim Mike Brown seemed to confirm eyewitness testimony that he was executed while attempting to surrender to officer Darren Wilson. The family hired Dr. Michael M. Baden, a well respected forensic pathologist, to do a second examination of their son, because they did not want to depend on the police and government agencies to investigate themselves. Educational Leadership:Early Intervention at Every Age:The Perils and Promise... Carol S. Dweck I think educators commonly hold two beliefs that do just that. Many believe that (1) praising students' intelligence builds their confidence and motivation to learn, and (2) students' inherent intelligence is the major cause of their achievement in school. Our research has shown that the first belief is false and that the second can be harmful—even for the most competent students. As a psychologist, I have studied student motivation for more than 35 years.

"The End of Bullying Begins With Me": Bullying Prevention Books for Young Mighty Girls By Katherine Handcock, A Mighty Girl Senior Research Intern “The End of Bullying Begins With Me” is the National Bullying Prevention Month slogan for 2013, and at A Mighty Girl we believe that’s absolutely true! By teaching our children about bullying — what it is, the effects it has on everyone, and the ways that we can stop it — we can work to ensure that bullying becomes a smaller and smaller part of all our lives. With that in mind, we’ve put together a series of three blogs featuring great Mighty Girl anti-bullying resources for all ages. In this first part of the series, we’ll showcase books for preschool and early school-aged children that address bullying from a variety of angles, while in the two remaining blogs, we’ll talk about resources for tweens and teens and resources for parents and educators.

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Gardner's Multiple Intelligences Howard Gardner of Harvard has identified seven distinct intelligences. This theory has emerged from recent cognitive research and "documents the extent to which students possess different kinds of minds and therefore learn, remember, perform, and understand in different ways," according to Gardner (1991). According to this theory, "we are all able to know the world through language, logical-mathematical analysis, spatial representation, musical thinking, the use of the body to solve problems or to make things, an understanding of other individuals, and an understanding of ourselves. Where individuals differ is in the strength of these intelligences - the so-called profile of intelligences -and in the ways in which such intelligences are invoked and combined to carry out different tasks, solve diverse problems, and progress in various domains."

Kate Winslet and the little Australian anti-bullying film that took on the world When one of Australian writer-director Galvin Scott Davis’ little boys was bullied he wanted to comfort him by reading him a book about overcoming bullies. But when he searched the well-stocked bookshelf in his bedroom, he couldn’t find one. So he turned to his own imagination and made up a story. “My middle boy was acting quiet and I found out that he’d been bullied.