Tragedy in Taber
On April 20, 1999, two students went on
a deadly rampage at Columbine High
School in Littleton, Colo. One week later,
a similar attack struck a small town in
A 14-year-old boy opened fire with a
Why teach moral intelligence?
Moral intelligence is learned
Moral intelligence is changeable
Educators make enormous differences
Q. What creates a safe school? (survey to 77,000 high
school and middle school students)
A. An empathetic teacher with solid discipline who is
always there for the students
“The first step in teaching moral intelligence is by being
a moral example”
Trustworthiness : blue
Think "true blue“
Respect : yellow/gold
Think The Golden Rule
Responsibility : green
Think being responsible
for a garden or
finances; or as in being
solid and reliable like an
Fairness : orange
Think of dividing an
orange into equal
sections to share fairly
Caring : red
Think of a heart
Citizenship : purple
Think regal purple as
representing the state
How could you teach the
Seven Essential Virtues
to middle school students?
Emotional Learning: How/When/Where is it taught?
Etch and Sketch
Emotion drives learning, not intellect
The Top 10 Best Brain
Top 10 Brain Foods:
Blueberries (tapping on head)
Nuts nuts nuts (tapping on shoulders)
Fish (for the flesh)
Brocolli (in the belly)
Yogurt (for the waist)
Banana banana banana (rotating hips)
Olive oil (on your thighs)
Brown Bread (tapping the knees)
Spinach on the shin
Squishy tomatoes (with our feet)
“Kids don’t care how much
you know, until they know
how much you care”
Alberta teen beaten in schoolyard dies
Last Updated Fri Nov 17 08:42:02 2000
EDMONTON - A 14-year-old boy savagely beaten on a school
playground in Alberta has died after being taken off life support.
Two boys, aged 15 and 16, accused of attacking him, have been
charged with second-degree murder. They were originally accused of
aggravated assault. Garrett Dumont was beaten beyond recognition
Nov. 3 and remained in a coma until late Wednesday night. About 30
members of his adopted and biological families were with him when he
died. A police officer investigates the scene
The teen suffered head and internal injuries when he was
beaten, kicked and stomped outside Highlands Junior High School in
Police said they found several crude weapons near the crime
scene, including a banged-up garbage can covered in blood.
In the News
We are running out of time
64% of kids have been bullied at school
12% were bullied once or more a week.
13% bullied once or more a week.
72% observed bullying occasionally
40% tried to intervene
64% considered bullying a normal part of school life.
61-80% said bullies are often popular and enjoy high status with
25-33% said bullying is sometimes OKAY and/or it is OKAY to tease
20-50% bullying can be a good thing (makes people tougher/is a
good way to solve problems)
Source: Centre For Youth Social
Development, UBC Faculty of Education
Who or What is to Blame?
And join the conversation
10 Warning Signs:
Lack of Interest in School. Self isolation from
family and/or friends.
2. Seeing self as always the victim.
3. Persistent disregard for rules.
4. Cruelty to pets or other animals.
5. Artwork or writing that is bleak, violent or that
depicts isolation or anger.
6. Talking constantly about weapons or violence.
Talk about bringing weapons to school. Bringing a
weapon to school.
7. Obsession with violent games/television
8. Depression or mood swings. Misplaced or
9. History of bullying.
10. Involvement/interest in gangs.
10 Things a Teacher Can Do
Learn about bullying and violence
Democratic classroom. Zero tolerance for
name-calling, put-downs and taunting.
3. Know the warning signs.
4. Anti-violence student activities.
5. Have a school emergency plan.
6. Firm, fair and consistent school rules.
7. Report to principal ALL violent incidences (physical and
8. Teach conflict resolution/anger management skills.
9. Incorporate prevention of violence into your lessons.
10. Encourage students to report suspicious activities/
Bullying is a “Learned Behavior”,
which means it can be “unlearned”
10 Things Students Can Do
1. No weapons at school.
2. Report crimes to authorities.
3. Report suspicious or worrisome
4. Learn how to manage anger.
5. Settle disputes peaceably.
6. Teen advisory council.
7. Be a peer counselor.
8. Mentor new students
9. Participate in a watch patrol.
10. Have a school peace pledge/rally
A Misbehaving Child is a Discouraged Child
Don’t Laugh at Me
“The first stage of curriculum development,
is creating a curriculum of care”