In the elementary years, students are navigating their relationships with peers and how to behave in different social situations. A huge part of this is learning conflict management, and how to deal with hurt feelings resulting from social interactions.
An issue that comes up commonly in these developmental years is rumors and gossip. Talking about others behind their backs, or spreading stories - whether they may be true or untrue. This type of behavior can be very hurtful, and can even cross into bullying territory. It happens inside close-knit friend groups, as well as through classroom acquaintances. Access to technology and social media can perpetuate the problem. It is important for children to understand the power of their words and the damage rumors and gossip can do. I do a lesson with 4th and 5th graders on this subject in the fall, but find myself revisiting the subject throughout the year, whether with individual students or entire classrooms. It is helpful to have an ongoing discussion of important values with your children, and this may be a topic worth visiting.
The following links are helpful parent resources that address rumors and gossip among children:
How to Stop Your Child From Gossiping:
Surviving the Rumor Mill:
This week during classroom guidance our fifth graders are hearing from a guest speaker about Project Safe Place and Youth Emergency Shelter and Services (YESS).
You have probably seen the signs for Safe Places around town - at various gas stations, fire stations, etc. This is an important resource for students to know, in case they are ever in an unsafe situation or need somewhere to turn for help. The employees at Safe Place locations have a protocol in place to assess and provide the proper help to youth in need. In Iowa, Project Safe Place is coordinated by Youth Emergency Shelter and Services (YESS), a vital community resource that provides emergency services to youth and their families.
For information on Project Safe Place, please visit:
For information on Youth Emergency Shelter and Services, please visit:
What you'll find:
Here you will find information related to the units we are working on in class, as well as ideas and resources for your student and family. Look around and come back often!