Using writing to improve middle-grades peer relationships

Former sixth-grade teacher David Rockower shares in this commentary how he used a letter-writing exercise to raise awareness and combat bullying and exclusion among students. Rockower first wrote his own letter to students expressing his concerns about such behavior -- and sharing his own middle-school experiences -- then invited students to write letters to him about their experiences with cliques, bullying and exclusion. "After this writing experience, there was a noticeable lifting of tension," he writes.

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