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One teachers approach to preventing gender bullying in a classroom


“It’s Okay to be Neither,” By Melissa Bollow Tempel

Alie arrived at our 1st-grade classroom wearing a sweatshirt with a hood. I asked her to take off her hood, and she refused. I thought she was just being difficult and ignored it. After breakfast we got in line for art, and I noticed that she still had not removed her hood. When we arrived at the art room, I said: “Allie, I’m not playing. It’s time for art. The rule is no hoods or hats in school.”

She looked up with tears in her eyes and I realized there was something wrong. Her classmates went into the art room and we moved to the art storage area so her classmates wouldn’t hear our conversation. I softened my tone and asked her if she’d like to tell me what was wrong.

“My ponytail,” she cried.

“Can I see?” I asked.

She nodded and pulled down her hood. Allie’s braids had come undone overnight and there hadn’t been time to redo them in the morning, so they had to be put back in a ponytail. It was high up on the back of her head like those of many girls in our class, but I could see that to Allie it just felt wrong. With Allie’s permission, I took the elastic out and re-braided her hair so it could hang down.

“How’s that?” I asked.

She smiled. “Good,” she said and skipped off to join her friends in art.

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brotherhood 2.0 punishment master-post



“If one of us fails to send a video blog on a weekday, there will be certain punishments. The punishments will be outlined later. I finished this email: cross my heart, hope to die, and I may very possibly be required to stick a needle in my eye. That’s the kind of punishment I’m talking about.”-x

behold, the very first punishment(s) in which john waxes his chin and then watches a bowl of ice cream melt (feb. 5th)

the peeps punishment; in which hank eats as many peeps as he can in three minutes, and then takes the remaining number of peeps, and donates the same amount of money to the brotherhood 2.0 foundation for decreasing suck levels worldwide (march 6th)

the embarrassing moment sock puppet theater punishment; in which hank reenacts his three most embarrassing moments using sock puppets (april 5th)

the punishment fiasco! (part one);

-in which hank recreates his embarrassing goth picture (july 16th)

-in which john recreates two embarrassing pictures and then does some topless dancing (july 17th)

the punishment fiasco! (part two);

-in which hank spray paints his hair into a green mohawk and sings many renditions of “accio deathly hallows” (july 20th)

-in which john also spray paints his hair green and then responds to some youtube comments (july 25th) 

the blenderized happy meal punishment!; in which john blenderizes a mcdonald’s happy meal and waxes one of his legs (aug. 14th)

the cat-licking punishment; in which john finds a cat, after much difficulty, and then proceeds to lick it (aug.16th)

the peepwine punishment; in which hank drinks peeps blended with strawberry hill wine during his first-ever gig (dec. 27th)

Which is your favorite?

Edit: I fixed the July 17th link. And I laughed, a lot. -Maddie

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