No One is Born a Bully


Course Objective:  Students will learn to see themselves, and those around them, as integral players in helping to build and sustain their campus/classroom community. Each student will gain a greater awareness of self, define positive traits of character and engage in introspection through challenging and age-appropriate tasks.

Description:  Through facilitated discussions, music sharing and Interactive-Tales students are led through a series of creative workshops to enhance the skills of listening, self-observation and self-monitoring. Students are challenged as they learn the arduous task of developing positive traits of character, inner-awareness and the importance of being able to articulate one’s wants/needs.

SESSION ONE – The Power of Words #1


  • Introduction to Baba the Storyteller
  • Norms and Expectations
  • Lesson Structure (what students can expect)
  • Building Our Communal Rubric
  • Learning Objective Reward: Music and Stories

SESSION ONE – The Power of Words #2


  • Words Precede All Actions
  • Constructive vs. Destructive Words
  • Wounds that May Never Heal
  • Personal Responsibility Learning Objective Reward: Music and Stories

SESSION THREE – Listening is a Skill #1


  • Musical Listening Exam
  • How Diverse Cultures Teach Listening
  • Listening to the Inner Voice Ignoring the Inner Voice Exercising Your Listening Muscles Learning Objective Reward: Music and Stories

SESSION FOUR – Listening is a Skill #2


  • Review (Power of Words and Listening #1)
  • Drum Cultures and Listening
  • Noise vs. Order
  • Introduction to “The Monkey Mind”
  • Listening to Self vs. Listening to Others
  • Wise Counsel vs. Foolish Counsel
  • Learning Objective Reward: Music and Stories

SESSION FIVE – Speaking from the Heart #1


  • Review (Power of Words and Listening is a Skill)
  • Introduction to The Thinking Heart
  • The Power of Speaking What You “Need”
  • The Joy of Saying What it is you “Want”
  • Learning Objective Reward: Music and Stories

SESSION SIX – Speaking from the Heart #2


  • Speaking Truth to Self
  • Speaking Truth to Peers
  • Speaking Truth to Power
  • Learning Objective Reward: Music and Stories

Key Concepts:
Personal Response
Listening vs. Hearing
Focused Intent
Resonance (related to focus)
Dissonance (related to focus)

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NOTE: Listed below are the CC Strands in English Language Arts that are directly applicable to grade 5 but may be altered for the appropriate grade level. Besides the obvious meta-curricula connections, the noted strands offer an opportunity for constructing connections to other instruction and classroom activities beyond the residency.

Speaking & Listening Strand
Comprehension and Collaboration:

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.

Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.

Pose and respond to specific questions by making comments that contribute to the discussion and elaborate on the remarks of others.

Review the key ideas expressed and draw conclusions in light of information and knowledge gained from the discussions.

Summarize a written text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

Summarize the points a speaker makes and explain how each claim is supported by reasons and evidence.

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas:

Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, using formal English when appropriate to task and situation.


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