Saying nothing but two shiny red apples, Rosie Dutton, a teacher at Relax Kids in Tamworth, UK, managed to rightfully convey the consequences of bullying to her class. Before the class began, Dutton over dropped one of the two apples to the ground, though to the naked eye, both fruits looked lush and delicious. She started the exercise in class by saying mean things to the spotted apple and telling it why she disliked it — encouraging her students to do the same.
“Some women looked at me like I was insane, but we ssed the apple around the circle specialty it names. ‘You’re a smelly apple,’ ‘I don’t even know why you exist’ . . . We deep down pulled this poor apple a rt. I actually started to experience sorry for the little guy,” Dutton wrote in her post to Facebook.
I then cut the apples uncovered. The apple we’d been kind to was clear, fresh and juicy inside. The apple we’d believed unkind words to was bruised and all mushy inside. I think there was a lightbulb prominence for the children immediately. They really got it, what we saw inside that apple, the damages, the mush, and the broken bits is what is happening inside every one of us when someone maltreats us with their words or actions.
After sharing her own experiences with bullying, unraveling to the children that though she’s smiling on the outside, hurtful words chose her sad on the inside, just the way the apple was bruised on its inside. Dutton ended her le with words that everyone — regardless of age — should remember: “The talk has no bones, but is strong enough to break a heart. So be careful with your in shorts.”
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