Spark Student Motivation Saturday - Be the Change

I am so thankful it is the weekend!! Now I just need to motivate myself to make the most of these two days so I do not head back to school with a to-do list a mile long!

I thought I would take a minute to share some ideas for Anti-bullying week (November 18th-November 22nd) just in case there are people out there looking for a few resources/ideas.

Our focus this year will be on motivating our students to take action - so I thought while I was sharing I would link up with my motivating mentor, Joanne, at Head Over Heels for teaching for....

Here is some of our plans.

This first video was a real inspiration for our planning team:

This really hit home for us the idea that when teaching students about the bystander effect we did not need to focus so much on them standing up to the bully in the moment but we could focus on encouraging them to be kind to the students in other ways.

We also loved this graphic focusing on what students will do, it is from Not So Wimpy Book Reviews and inspired by the book The Juice Box Bully...

We will be showing our students this video...

We have put together a PPT showing the students our past messages and what we have done (we have pictures of all of them holding up signs about what Love is Louder than and what they Stand Up For/Against, wearing their pink t-shirts etc.) and then there are slides with the sentences of what they will do and pictures of our students demonstrating the skill. We took the statements from the juice box graphic and added I will to each line. Each student will be challenged to complete a slip of paper with what they will do to make a difference.

Then on Tuesday we are going to gather them together again and let them know we are not convinced that people are taking action. We are going to do a school wide Pass it On activity. We will start with one person giving two people a compliment. When you give some a compliment you give them a sticker to wear. They go to one of the leaders and get two stickers to hand out. We will continue until everyone has a sticker and we will see how long it takes us to pass on a good feeling to everyone and remind students that taking action can be that simple. Students will leave with a new slip of paper that says I did... They need to take action by Friday.

On Thursday classes are challenged to decorate their classroom door incorporating the word ACT and a variety of other words we chose. The inspiration for this activity comes from this picture from
Teaching is Forever.

On Friday students will wear blue and come to an assembly with their slip of paper. Each student will walk down the red carpet holding their slip of paper as we celebrate their action. We will take each students picture with their slip and a school photo. We will turn the photos into a slideshow for our next spirit assembly. I am still trying to figure out a song to go with it - but I have one more week!

I hope some of these ideas motivated you to think about what your school is doing for anti-bullying week. I have a Pinterest board dedicated to collecting anti-bullying resources if you want to check it out for more ideas.


  1. Wow! Your school is on the ball! Great ideas. Thanks for sharing :)

  2. This is really great. All these ideas are wonderful and I love the videos that go along with them. These are even more impactful because I've had discussions with the faculty about the NFL hazing/bullying things that are in the news right now.

    Thanks so much for sharing
    Digital: Divide & Conquer

  3. I had no idea about Anti-bullying week so I love that you posted this! Such great ideas. I love the door decorating and the compliment activity. Thank you for sharing.

    Rooting for Third Grade

  4. Great post- I love that your school is equipping students with ways to take action in the face of bullying. Thanks for sharing :)

  5. You know how much I love your school and how much they do for this week! It's really incredible and inspiring to all schools! I love the sticker activity. Have you heard of the book You Are Special by Max Lucado? The sticker part reminds me of the book (they give stars for good and dots for bad), but it may tie in with your theme. Thank you so much for sharing such powerful ideas and linking up my sweet friend!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching


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