Happy New Year, everyone!
I am hopeful you're all staying warm and as active as you can be being indoors this time of the year. We dove right into lessons with Kindergarten for the month of January starting with a new strategy to give students language and strategies to use if a peer is bothering them. The strategy is called "Stop, Walk, Talk." We talked about all of the different ways peers can "bug" or "annoy" us including: getting into our space, being too loud or using unsafe hands/body. We then talked about steps students can take to advocate for themselves and how to get help in these situations.
This strategy is adapted from the PBIS model (Positive Interventions and Supports) and can be used with students grades K-12. This is how we learned the new strategy:
If a peer/friend is bothering you, take the following steps. First, ask the peer to stop.
1. Say "stop" (or, "I don't like that," "Please stop," "Please quit it")
If the peer does not stop, walk away to a safer area or ignore them.
2. Walk away.
If the peer follows you or continues to get into your space:
3. Talk to a teacher or nearby adult to ask for help.
Thus, STOP, WALK, TALK.
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