LSU Education Students Use Timeless Characters to Create Lasting Lessons

Anti Bulling Expo Serves Children at University Terrace

Baton Rouge, LA - Twenty LSU teacher candidates enrolled in Dr. Elecia Lathon’s course for planning, managing and evaluating school instruction visited University Terrace Elementary School on Halloween to lead an Anti Bullying Expo for 4th grade students.

Students from Lathon’s class worked in pairs to create 15-minute lessons that spoke to the importance of preventing bullying in and out of the classroom. In the spirit of Halloween, the elementary education majors dressed as characters from their favorite children’s books and movies and connected their costumes to their lesson plans. Costumes included minions from Despicable Me paired with a lesson titled, “Bullies are Despicable, there’s a minion ways to be a great friend”. 

This effort is part of Lathon’s partnership with the I CARE Program, an alcohol, drug and violence prevention program for East Baton Rouge Parish schools. Her classes have been offering educational enrichment opportunities for various schools near LSU’s campus for ten semesters.

This collaboration gives LSU students the opportunity to teach a lesson and allows them to actively engage with elementary students and the issues that are prevalent in today’s schools. Lathon’s groups individually researched and then selected a topic such as cyber bullying, physical bullying, relational bullying, and verbal bullying.

“This partnership provides students with the opportunity to network and establish relationships with principals, teachers, and staff in the school systems,” said Elecia Lathon, PhD, “They also develop confidence, learn to manage small groups, and practice teaching a lesson that is engaging, relevant and meaningful for the learners.”

Before dismissing the class, the LSU students led closing activities for the elementary children, to reinforce the importance of being a friend instead of a bully. Over the years, final activities have included “say no to bullying” certificates, anti-bullying pledges, friendship bracelets and necklaces, pictures, and even license plates and bumper stickers.

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