Earlier in the week, my class participated in a view and respond about Jonathan Martin and his bad experience with bullying while playing for the Miami Dolphins. In an effort to let Mr. Martin know he has about 60 kids in his corner from Tucson, I figured I would send an email to a couple of news outlets in hopes the letters would get some attention. KVOA News was happy to oblige. The students really enjoyed the news coming out this morning. They are finding their voices at this age, and this was a good way to reinforce that their voices are being heard. They are also thrilled that they will be on the 6 o’clock news!
News Story from KVOA News Website:
Tucson Teacher uses NFL in anti-bullying lessons
TUCSON – Jim Sye, a 7th grade language arts teacher at La Paloma Academy likes to pull assignments from the top stories of the day. The latest assignment for his class was to write a letter to a big man dealing with a big problem.That man is Jonath an Martin of the Miami Dolphins. Martin left the team because he says his teammate, Richie Incognito, bullied him. James Sye says many of his students follow football closely so he used the big story to teach his kids a life lesson. The class is working on a unit called Express Yourself. The kids learn how to properly format and write poems, essays, and letters.
Sye had all the kids write a friendly letter to Martin. “We always talk about bullying and then we never expect it to happen to adults but it really does happen. It happens everyday not just football players but to everybody. So I thought it was a good way to tie in the lessons with real world situations and I know a lot of these kids can relate,” said Sye. The letters are stamped and ready to be mailed to the Miami Dolphins.