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Stop the Talk: Nipping the Rumor Weed in the Bud

Rumors are considered a fact of life, but in the classroom, where students may not realize the damage they are causing, and those hurt may not have the self-esteem to shake it off, rumors can have a devastating impact. This collection explains the nature of rumors and gossip, the damage caused, and provides resources for teachers who are struggling to stop the rumor weed from taking root in their classroom.
A Collection By Shauna Konnerth
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Stop the Talk: Nipping the Rumor Weed in the Bud
  • Shauna Konnerth says:
    If you want to combat rumors in your classroom, it's important that you understand the underlying reasons behind why kids gossip and spread rumors, and the potential damage that it can cause to others.
  • Shauna Konnerth says:
    The reality is, if we are really going to put a stop to rumors and gossip, it will have to have to be a group effort with students who also understand their harm.With that in mind, this school website offers two PowerPoint presentations through their guidance department, perfect for starting the discussion with your middle school students.
  • Rumors, Gossip and the Harm They Cause

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    centerforparentingeducation.org
    centerforparentingeducation.org
    Shauna Konnerth says:
    If you're serious about combating a serious rumor weed that's growing out of control in your classroom, it might be time to enlist the support of parents. For your class newsletter or other parent communications, this parenting article provides some common-sense approaches for parents who catch their own precious snowflake in the act of spreading gossip.
  • Shauna Konnerth says:
    I love how this resource is written for students themselves. It could be very valuable in a situation where it's time to talk with students about what is happening and address it head-on. Appropriate for about 5th through 8th grade, but could easily be adapted for older or younger students.
  • Shauna Konnerth says:
    There's a subtle difference between rumors and gossip which this resource explains, then going on to demonstrate how rumor-spreading or gossip can be subtle form of bullying, especially on social media.
  • Shauna Konnerth says:
    This teacher suggests a fun game to help students understand the impact that gossip and rumors can have. It would be a great way of introducing a talk with students on the seriousness of engaging in rumor-spreading behavior.
  • Shauna Konnerth says:
    We intuitively know that gossip causes harm, but how much, and how long-lasting are its effects. This research-based article dishes all the goods.
  • scholastic.com
    scholastic.com

    Cyberbullying: What Teachers and Schools Can Do

    15 minute read
    Shauna Konnerth says:
    Rumor-spreading can sometimes take the form of cyberbullying, and while students may not use that terminology, the impact of students on the receiving end can be devastating. Here's what you can do.
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BloomBoard Asks:How are students negatively impacted by rumors and gossip? Can we as teachers make an impact?