“WHY ARE THEY PICKING ON ME?” Understanding & Responding to Social Cruelty
NO. OF CREDITS:
3 QUARTER CREDITS
[semester equivalent = 2.00 credits]
|WA CLOCK HRS:
Are kids at your school mean to each other? Of course they are. When kids are cruel to other kids not only does it do direct harm to the victims, it also affects the learning environment for everyone. Over the years schools have responded with strong, no bullying polices and these are important because they show solidarity with the victims. Dr. Carl Pickhardt suggests in his book, Why Good Kids Act Cruel, that it’s time for a more effective approach.
He believes that while we do need to deal decisively with acts of social cruelty, that most of these acts, especially in the teen and early adolescent years, are caused by deeper issues that should be addressed. This course aims to provide educators with a more complete understanding of social cruelty and encourages a proactive approach for addressing it.
This course is appropriate for Pre-K through grade 12 teachers, administrators, support staff and parents.
Note: The book was written mainly for educators and parents of middle-schoolers. However, regardless of the age group you work with this information is crucial so we can be part of the solution.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will have:
Completion of all specified assignments is required for issuance of hours or credit. The Heritage Institute does not award partial credit.
Completing the basic assignments (Section A. Information Acquisition) for this course automatically earns participant’s their choice of CEUs (Continuing Education Units), or Washington State Clock Hours or Oregon PDUs. The Heritage Institute offers CEUs and is an approved provider of Washington State Clock Hours and Oregon PDUs.
UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT INFORMATION
REQUIREMENTS FOR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
Continuing Education Quarter credits are awarded by Antioch University Seattle (AUS). AUS requires 75% or better for credit at the 400 level and 85% or better to issue credit at the 500 level. These criteria refer both to the amount and quality of work submitted.
CREDIT/NO CREDIT (No Letter Grades or Numeric Equivalents on Transcripts)
Antioch University Seattle (AUS) Continuing Education Quarter credit is offered on a Credit/No Credit basis; neither letter grades nor numeric equivalents are on a transcript. 400 level credit is equal to a "C" or better, 500 level credit is equal to a "B" or better. This information is on the back of the transcript.
AUS Continuing Education quarter credits may or may not be accepted into degree programs. Prior to registering determine with your district personnel, department head or state education office the acceptability of these credits for your purpose.
ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION
The required text is Why Good Kids Act Cruel, by
Text, Why Good Kids Act Cruel, is approximately $5 approximately from Amazon.
ASSIGNMENTS REQUIRED FOR HOURS OR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
A. INFORMATION ACQUISITION
Read Chapter 2: Early Adolescence in the course text, reflect on the following quote: “Self-consciousness makes it easier to be hurt, and social awareness makes it easier to hurt others.” In 250 -500 words:
Send to instructor: email@example.com. Subject line to read ‘Why Are They #2’.
Read Chapter 3: Teasing and Chapter 4: Exclusion in the course text. Choose one of these social cruelty tactics and in a 250 – 500 word paper address the following:
Send to instructor: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject line to read ‘Why Are They #3’.
Read Chapter 5: Bullying, Chapter 6: Rumoring and Chapter 7: Ganging Up in the course text. Choose one of these social cruelty tactics and in a 250 - 500 word paper address the following:
Send to instructor: email@example.com. Subject line to read ‘Why Are They #4’.
Read Chapter 8: What the School Can Do. 250 -500 word paper:
Please read the chapter Conclusion, The Gifts of Adversity: Good Lessons From Bad Treatment. In a 250 – 500 word paper address the following:
Send to instructor: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject line to read ‘Why Are They #6’.
ADDITIONAL ASSIGNMENTS REQUIRED FOR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
B. LEARNING APPLICATION
In this section you will apply your learning to your professional situation. This course assumes that most participants are classroom teachers who have access to students. If you are not teaching in a classroom, please contact the instructor for course modifications. If you are a classroom teacher and start or need to complete this course during the summer, please try to apply your ideas when possible with youth from your neighborhood, at a local public library or parks department facility, (they will often be glad to sponsor community-based learning), or with students in another teacher’s summer classroom in session.
Chapter 2 deals with the developmental challenges for children entering adolescence and how the impact of those changes can contribute to meanness in the social world. In a 500 – 750 word paper create a case study of a student (based on an actual student, if possible) who has been a victim or a perpetrator of social cruelty. Be sure to include how these developmental challenges (ie: the student’s experience of loss and/or feelings of insecurity) contributed to the “perfect storm” conditions for social cruelty.
Send to instructor: email@example.com. Subject line to read ‘Why Are They #7’.
In the course text (pg. 120) it is stated “If parents and teachers leave young people alone to figure out the rules of social conduct at this sensitive and impressionable time, they allow social cruelty to reign free.” In Chapter 8 the roles for school personnel are discussed. Meet with one (1) or more of your teaching partners (or another similar grouping of colleagues) and discuss the following information:
Write a 500 – 750 word paper summarizing the content of the discussion and your reflections on the interaction and likelihood of the strategies being implemented by you and your teaching partners.
Send to instructor: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject line to read ‘Why Are They #8’.
Using the knowledge you gained in Assignment #8, implement at least one (1) of the strategies that you listed. Write a 250 – 500 word paper detailing your experience and be sure to include:
Send to instructor: email@example.com. Subject line to read ‘Why Are They #9’.
Assignment #10: (500 Level ONLY)
C. INTEGRATION PAPER
Assignment #11: (Required for 400 and 500 Level)
SELF REFLECTION & INTEGRATION PAPER
(Please do not write this paper until you've completed all of your other assignments)
Send to your instructor at their email address. Subject line to read "(put course name here) Integration Paper"
INSTRUCTOR COMMENTS ON YOUR WORK:
Please indicate by email to the instructor if you would like to receive comments on your assignments.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR TEACHING THIS COURSE:
Lori Gibson, M.A., currently works for Spokane Public Schools as an elementary counselor. Lori holds a Master's in Counseling Psychology, as well as a K-12 teaching certificate. Over the past 22 years she has held positions as a counselor for North Chicago High School in Illinois and the Lake Washington School District in Kirkland/Redmond, WA. During those years she served and/or provided leadership to the LWSD Safety Committee, both districts’ critical incident teams, and the LWSD Elementary Counselor Leadership Team. She has instituted proactive, early intervention school-wide programs including Steps to Respect, Kelso's Choices, Peace Builders and Peer Mediation. Lori has also taught parent education classes and volunteered for over fifteen years in community settings with children and adolescents.
“WHY ARE THEY PICKING ON ME?” Understanding & Responding to Social Cruelty