Example Lesson from ABC Workbook
The ABC style of teaching uses five complementary tools that build understanding and skills: Reading, Visualizing, Writing, Conversing, and Reflection. Our approach emphasizes what we call "The Bully Triangle" TM or TBT.
The triangle is symbolic of the character roles of a Bully situation; it consists of a victim, a bully, and a witness. All three are affected by the act of bullying. The triangle is equilateral because everyone has experienced some form of the TBT situation. The objectives are to confront and explore behaviors that lead to bullying and future criminal behavior, teach young people how to identify a bullying situation (TBT), and discuss the proper response toward a given situation, from all perspectives.
These five tools are the backbone of this program that ensures its strength. The ABC Program is not intended to be a comprehensive class, or hands-on training in preparation for a direct action, or a leadership institute for organizers, or a seminar to bring you up to speed on current events or research. Our aim is to challenge people to change for the better by giving them to tools to do so. It’s the beginning—not the end.
Acts of cruelty, intimidation, and violence among our young people are at an all-time high. While mitigating factors contribute to this problem, it is our mission to focus on the solutions. Something is clearly broken and needs to be fixed. But what? And how? ABC’s approach to these questions is to create a dynamic partnering between members of the community and our young people, in order to deepen conversation about the bully experience, and about how to change this mindset from the three perspectives engaged in bullying: the bully, the victim, and the witness (TBT). Our goal is to empower those who are affected by the bully situation—to find ways to build a safer and more loving society for all.
ABC brings participants together in a 30-day workshop. This experience is often life-altering and allows participants to gain information and insight, rethink what has been learned in the sessions, and put it into application. This occurs while simultaneously challenging individuals to view their life experiences in a broader social context and to rekindle their intellectual self-confidence and interest in further education; and encourages them to recognize their capacity as agents of change in their own lives, as well as in their communities and in the world.
The ABC Workbook is broken into Modules consisting of written lessons, group discussion questions, and
daily journaling. It is designed for facilitators to interactively work with young people through mutual voluntary
participation. The curriculum consists of three parts:
Purpose of the ABC Workbook
One of the many purposes of the ABC Workbook is to confront and explore behaviors that lead to bullying and future criminal behavior, while offering an often-overlooked method that if properly implemented can drastically curb these behaviors—that method being taking preventive actions at an early age.
This workbook is also intended to help the participants accomplish the following:
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