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.
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.
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.
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
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