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Let's Get Real

Let's Get Real

Spring 2005 DVD
Ages: 11 & Up
Length: 35 min
VHS Price: $99.00
Let's Get Real is another powerful example of the value of kids teaching kids. The portent underlying this video is the contemplation of what happens after the taunting and name-calling have ended. How does it make someone feel, and how long do those feelings last? The video and guide take the subject of bullying by the throat and gives it a good, hard shake. The curriculum guide makes a coherent and valid connection between bullying and prejudice, and even offers statistics that illustrate the long term damage that adults suffer as a result of being bullied at an early age.

The accompanying comprehensive curriculum guide is greatly enhances the video. As a teacher, I especially enjoyed the chapter on establishing classroom agreements. The suggestions are very usable. The think-pair-share discussion starters which appear throughout the book are insightful.

The material, presented for middle school teachers and students, can easily be adapted for high school use. The producers’ intent is clear. Present the subject for frank discussion to anyone who will listen, and then guide those discussions into productive areas.

At $99 Let's Get Real is a bit too pricey for individual consumption, but very reasonable if purchased for a school or youth servivce organization. In a public setting, it can benefit countless young people for many years to come.

Carolyn Gershovich   ©2005 Parents' Choice

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