Mathematics and English language arts instruction are not all the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are affecting. Even anti-bullying strategies can be aligned with the CCSS.
This is the case at Arizona's Anza Trail School, where seventh-graders had a chance to explore bullying in a way that helped them develop Common Core-aligned skills, the Arizona Daily Star reported. As students delved into the topic of bullying, they had a chance to create videos, brochures, websites and PowerPoint slides designed to educate one another.
"It's important to us," seventh-grader Skylar Simmons told the news source. "We really want to get the message out there and end it."
Thanks to the project, Summer Lamb, another Anza Trail student, learned that bullying was a bigger problem than she thought it was.
In an increasingly technological world, bullying no longer has to take place in person. Something parents and teachers will want to consider is the rise of cyberbullying, especially in classrooms where students have greater access to smartphones, tablet computers and other devices. One of the more troubling aspects of cyberbullying is the fact that it can happen 24 hours a day, seven days a week, according to stopbullying.gov.