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ERIC Number: EJ1001166
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
Dismantling Bullying with a Class Magazine: Creating Connections and Community
Almeda, Cheryl H.
English Journal, v101 n6 p81-86 Jul 2012
Charlie was a target for bullying in the high school where the author taught. At 15, kids had not grown out of the need to pick on Charlie for his high-pitched voice, his overweight stature, and his uncontrollable and exuberant laugh. What really targeted Charlie for the bullying, however, was his seemingly childlike fascination with drawing comic book heroes. As a teacher, the author could control the behavior from the front of the room and outside her door, but she knew it didn't stop there. She knew Charlie had long walks home and seemingly interminable lunch periods to survive. What she discovered during her year teaching Charlie was that by using a class magazine to which they all contributed, she could take kids' interests and talents--and in Charlie's case, his fascination with comics--and allow student writers to speak as experts about their subjects. When their "Springfield Geographic" went to print, as a class they learned about the multifaceted and rich history behind comics. Through the process of discovering Charlie's fascination with a really interesting topic, one vulnerable kid began to see himself as an important member of their classroom and their school, and his peers responded with new insight: Charlie was not just a kid drawing cartoon characters, he was an expert in his field and a student deserving some respect. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A