Description: Groups practice using body language and words to stop a bully. Students list types of body language and speech that will help boost confidence in front of a bully.
Teaches: Character education (self-reliance); confidence in speech and actions; ways to use body language and words to prevent bullying; body language to avoid when near a bully; and deciding which body language techniques work better than others.
Helpful Hints: Children who are naturally shy may find it difficult to demonstrate some of the body language discussed. Mention that they may want to practice at home so that they will feel more comfortable standing and talking in the ways described.
Discuss how to arrange lists in order of importance. This will help students when they attempt to organize paragraphs.
1. Discuss how the way we stand, gesture, and move makes us appear a certain way to others. Ask the class what people sometimes think of others who walk with their heads down or don’t stand up straight
They don’t think these people have confidence.
They’re unpopular, and people don’t want to be around them.
They’re not leaders.
2. What impressions do people often have of those who stand up straight and hold their heads up
They’re proud of themselves.
People look up to them, and they’re popular.
3. Write students’ thoughts as they dictate ways that make people appear strong to others
They stand straight and look up.
They look at people when they talk to them.
They talk loudly enough to be heard.
They look like they know what they’re talking about.
4. Ask how these same traits if exaggerated or overdone may cause a problem when talking to others
Standing straight and tall, if overdone, may make the person you’re communicating with fearful.
Staring at someone too hard or too long can make the person feel uncomfortable or threatened.
Talking too loudly can annoy someone.
Looking overly confident might make a person look like a know-it-all.
1. Ask students to think of three different ways they can show confidence through their body language. Ask them to write how appearing strong and confident will make them less likely to be victims of bullying (bullies don’t usually bother people who look strong).
2. Have groups demonstrate for the class how they would stand, walk, or talk to help them appear strong and confident. Groups will create short skits depicting a bully making a remark and the victim of bullying using body language that may lessen the bully’s power.
1. Ask students to make a list of five tips about how to use body language and speech to appear more confident and strong in front of a bully.
Stand straight and tall.
Keep your head up.
Speak clearly and calmly.
Say what you mean in a few words.
Speak in statements, not questions.
2. Compile a list of all the students’ suggestions. Ask the class to tell you which tips they think would help most with a bully.