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What is a Force Field for Good?

Force Field for Good, is an ongoing, year long, practical approach to creating a kindly classroom community of students who share a passion for self-reflection and aspire to well being for every member of their class. Force Field for Good merges academic learning with social emotional learning.

The Scope

 

Force Field for Good Bridges Academic learning with Wisdom

Each song in a Force Field for Good connects to a kid habit for each month of the school year. Each teacher created lesson includes conversation , literature connections, and writing/reading activities that align with the Common Core Standards while teaching wisdom and kindness.

The Scope

Force Field for Good can be used many ways in your school. Here is one example.

For one hour per school month students and teachers develop a caring mindset and learn concepts, stories and songs to support a safer, kinder world. Because the learning is connected to story, song , reading and writing, it goes deep with little need for extrinsic rewards. Force Field for Good links mindfulness with a love of reading and writing.

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The lesson book and DVD can also be used as a supplement to any behavior, character or leadership program being used at your school, or as a stand alone resource.

“Bullying behavior is the pursuit of personal power at the expense of others. Barry Lane and Colleen Mestdagh recognize that an effective way to prevent bullying is to teach children how to use their power in socially positive ways. The Force Field For Good program is a collection of songs, lessons, and exercises that help children counteract bullying through character. Barry and Colleen demonstrate through this unique and accessible resource that the bully’s power is no match for the greater power of words, music, and kindness.”

~ Dr. Mark Flescher , clinical psychologist, Freehold, NJ

Research

The external control alternative to creating a force field for good has been tried for ages unsuccessfully in schools. This article explains why we need to put students in control of their own behavior.

Literacy experts Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris describe how Force Field for Good can change a mindset.

Singing and Thinking Our Way to Kinder Classrooms

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“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”
~Aristotle

Force Field for Good, is an ongoing, year long, practical approach to creating a kindly classroom community of students who share a passion for self-reflection and aspire to well being for every member of their class.

The easy to use, teacher-created lessons foster higher level thinking skills which connect to the State Standards and teach student show to mine deep meaning from life and literature. Much more than an  anti-bullying  program, Force Field for Good will have your students joyously singing aloud as you watch them grow into empathetic, courageous and compassionate kids who make their classroom, their school and their community a zone of love and learning!    For more information and to purchase.

Children share their thoughts about a Force Field for Good.

Force Field for Good is an invitation to think, reflect, sing along, read and take action for the good in the world. Through a collection of 10 original songs and literacy lessons, Barry Lane and Colleen Mestdagh engage audiences young and old with addictive tunes, thought provoking lyrics, and engaging activities to go with them. Each song is a springboard into books and conversation and action. Each pairing of music and literature is the nudge we need to continue striving to become our truest, best self. 
                                          Lester Laminak, co-author of Bullying Hurts

A parent of one of Colleen’s former students attests to the success of the Force Field for Good approach.

 Aside from the enormous benefits my daughter derived from being in such a happy and democratic classroom; she and I still return to the question “am I being my higher self?” regularly during discussions at home. It is a very simple and effective way to tune in to your moral compass.                               Jeni Hester, parent

Here school Principal Brian Benvenides talks about how Force Field for Good has inspired his students to work out their own conflicts and make a safer, happier school environment.