I just discovered this amazing video, created by an 8th. grader in response to her life as a victim of bullying in her middle school. I love the simplicity and eloquence of her message, and plan to view it for my sixth graders next week. Listening to sixth graders in the hallway during passing time is a revelatory experience -the terms "ginger", "gay" and "loser" are bandied about with such careless ease that I feel my kids need to be reminded that words mean something and they leave lasting impressions.
Perhaps we can discuss this video and journal about its meaning - I have to think this through, obviously, but I don't think we can ever over-stress the importance of paying attention to what we say with our kids.