Classroom Calendar Connections – October 2019

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National Bullying Prevention Awareness, Fire Prevention Week, ADHD Awareness, Dyslexia Awareness, and so much more! October is a busy month, full of valuable learning opportunities for students and educators. Provided below are some note-worthy resources and activities to recognize a few of the many events this month.

National Bullying Prevention Awareness
The first Monday of every October kicks off National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and is known as “World Day of Bullying Prevention” (October 7, 2019).  Schools and communities around the world are encouraged to wear blue to represent solidarity against bullying and cyberbullying. Click on the live link to register your school to help raise awareness to bullying prevention.

This website, Stomp Out Bullying, provides student-led anti-bullying weekly themes to implement during October including: 

  • Make friends with someone you don’t know at school
  • STAND UP for others week
  • Week of inclusion

To learn more about how to prevent and respond to bullying, please check out our course, Bullying and Cyberbullying: An Educator’s Toolbox for Prevention and Intervention.


Fire Prevention Week
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has announced “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” as the theme for Fire Prevention Week (October 6-12). The NFPA provides a plethora of fire safety resources for educators including lesson plans, activities, videos, tip sheets, and games on their website.

Here are a few highlights:


ADHD Awareness
The theme of this year is ADHD Myths and Facts – Know the Difference.


Dyslexia Awareness
According to Mayo Clinic, Dyslexia is a learning disorder that involves difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words (decoding). Also called reading disability, dyslexia affects areas of the brain that process language. Click on the live link to read more about the symptoms, risk factors, and complications associated with dyslexia.

The International Dyslexia Association provides this comprehensive handbook, Dyslexia in the Classroom: What Every Teacher Needs to Know, which includes the following topics:

  • Signs and symptoms of dyslexia
  • Classroom strategies, tips, and tools
  • Components of effective reading instruction
  • Screen, evaluation, and diagnosis

Getting out of bed in the morning, texting with friends, and even lunchtime – dyslexia can impact a person’s life in surprising ways. Read A Day in the Life of a Teen with Dyslexia https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/child-learning-disabilities/dyslexia/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-teen-with-dyslexia about Henry, an 11th grader with dyslexia, to get a deeper understanding about dyslexia-related issues students might face.  


How will you recognize these and other significant events this month? Please share your own classroom calendar connections for October.


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Jill Rockwell
Jill has over 13 years of experience as a licensed teacher in the areas of Special Education, Reading Education, and Health Education. She embraces diversity and has worked with students in grades K-12 in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and California. Jill completed her Master of Science degree at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls while teaching full time. She fully understands the soaring demands of today’s teachers. Her courses are designed to maximize the time of all educators by providing engaging, meaningful, and applicable activities which can be used to enhance teaching practices. She focuses on research-based best practices and technology integration throughout her own instructional practices. Together with her husband and two young boys, Jill enjoys traveling, biking and the changing seasons of the great outdoors in Wisconsin.