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When we first addressed the issue of raising the awareness of domestic
violence in the classroom we were met with an overwhelming array of
negative feedback. The concerns of the class ranged from the educator
playing the role of social worker to age appropriateness and in our
opinions overall fear of this subject. We feel this subject should be
acknoweledged in the classroom, especially at an early age. This lesson
plan will show future educators how to address this subject to a varitey
of grade levels.
We, as the instructors, will recognize the social and cultural
sensitivities. We will be well versed on the statistics of reported
domestic violence cases. And, we will be able to recognize the dynamics
in an abusive relationship.
The future educators will recognize domestic violence as an important
issue based on our presentation of current statistics. They will
realize thier role as educators, not social workers or children services
caseworkers. Relatedly, they will be able to identify the proper
resources for children in an abusive home. And, they will learn that
this is something they must research in order to effectively teach.
We, as the instructors, will help the students develop effective lesson
They will learn to explore television (cartoons, made for TV Movies) as
a tool to relate and identify violence to children and youngsters. They
will learn to break down the terms "domestic" and "violence" to simplify
the issue, create a diorama, public service poster or "hands are not for
hitting" placemats (a placemat designed to show k-2 children that hands
are for helping) all depending on the age level.
If you have any questions comments or suggestions please reply.
sincerely Kris-T and Chad.