Bullying is a crucial topic for schools. In this 55-minute workshop, students gain a deeper understanding of how to prevent bullying by acting out a Readers Theatre script about the topic. Guided by Mary Beth, they discuss their thoughts and feelings about bullying. Next, they brainstorm strategies for coping with bullies and reflect on what often inhibits bystanders from intervening on behalf of victims. Then, what was a passive topic transforms into an active learning experience as students get up from their desks, scripts in hand, to read and rehearse a Readers Theatre script about the facts they’ve just discussed. Using expressive voice and body, they create gestures and sound effects to make the script come alive. The workshop culminates with the students performing the script for the classroom teacher. They can also perform the script at a later date. This workshop helps students learn and retain key information about bullying prevention.
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Mary Beth’s programs are based on the work of
Dr. Rosalind M. Flynn,
the developer of an instructional strategy called
Curriculum-Based Readers Theatre.