The objective of this lesson plan is to develop empathy, build awareness of actions that constitute put-downs. This lesson plan is for creating awareness about bullying and helping children to learn, how it feels when someone laughs at them.
The flow of the session was:
- Video : Don’t laugh at me
- Discussion based on the video.
- Sharing of personal experiences
- Reflection Activity: Chart paper was provided to all students and they were asked to draw a scene from the video and write about their own reflection.
Students found the video very touching and sensitive. The video was shown 3-4 times as everyone like the video and the message it conveyed. They got an opportunity to express their feelings when someone laughed at them. The difference between fun teasing and serious teasing was discussed with examples. “People laugh at us and say mean things to us so that we feel bad and sad” was discussed in the class. Few of the examples were used to explain this issue. Children understood an important message from the video:
“Don’t laugh at me
Don’t call me names
Don’t get your pleasure from my pain
In God’s eyes we’re all the same
Someday we’ll all have perfect wings”
They understood that a bully gets pleasure and feels powerful from others persons pain when he tease his victim. As a result of this session, the teasing behaviour reduced in class. If teasing occurred, the victim would say-“Don’t laugh at me or don’t make fun of me or don’t tease me”. Children became more expressive about being bullied and that also helped reduce the bullying/teasing behaviour in the classroom.
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