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How can teachers help end bullying?

How can teachers help end bullying?

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Hi everyone -

I just came across this great question on Twitter and wanted to share it with our community. It comes from Divya, a new teacher, who is struggling to help address the bullying at her school and in her classroom:

"Def just cried in front of my students. Middle school students can be so mean to each other. How can educators effectively end the bullying?"

Do you have any tips or strategies for Divya? I'll be sharing your responses with her via Twitter.

Thanks!

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Gloria Mitchell's picture
Gloria Mitchell
Secondary Education student in Chicago

As so many educators know, children usually have an easier time following positive instructions (do...) than negative ones (don't do...). What about reframing "How do we stop the bullying?" to "How do we teach children to treat each other with kindness and respect?" As with other learning goals, we could use instruction, stories, demonstrations, reflections, etc. If you're looking for classroom or schoolwide programs to implement, the Center for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning just released an updated guide: http://casel.org/guide/

Janet Rau's picture
Janet Rau
The SAE School

It is voices of experience like yours that help get the message to resound and help those being bullied see a light of hope!

Jim Rothwell's picture
Jim Rothwell
Physics and Astronomy Teacher, Lancaster Catholic High School

Look at starting a local chapter of Aevidum. Aevidum is a student organization that addresses bullying, depression, and suicide for the entire student body. It began in PA and is spreading across the state and into other states. The teacher that was fundamental in starting it is on sabbatical next year to go promote it to other schools.

http://aevidum.com/

Wally Katolik's picture

Bullies are COWARDS at heart. They pick on only those that they feel are weak and will not defend themselves.
Bullies will NOT respond - stop their bullying - based on words either positive or negative. Words or talk is just like water off a duck's back to them.
The only thing that will stop the bullying is for the bullied person to FIGHT back PHYSICALLY. I am 63 years old now but when I was in 7th grade I FOUGHT BACK - after months of being bullied. The bully turned out to be a a real wuss and was begging for mercy in seconds.
Classic example is at: http://youtu.be/dxBAy3901kc
YES, I am advocating VIOLENCE against the bully because that is the ONLY thing that stops them!!! That is ALL that they UNDERSTAND.
BLOCK CAPS do not mean shouting; they are there for emphasis.

Elana Leoni's picture
Elana Leoni
Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer
Staff

Gloria,

You raise such a great point. I recently visited a school in Maine that used restorative justice and responsive classroom techniques (Big SEL strategies) and it was amazing to hear that the word wasn't mentioned at all. It wasn't a problem, let alone something people were talking about preventing since they've pro-actively already addressed it.

[quote]As so many educators know, children usually have an easier time following positive instructions (do...) than negative ones (don't do...). What about reframing "How do we stop the bullying?" to "How do we teach children to treat each other with kindness and respect?" As with other learning goals, we could use instruction, stories, demonstrations, reflections, etc. If you're looking for classroom or schoolwide programs to implement, the Center for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning just released an updated guide: http://casel.org/guide/[/quote]

Betty Ray's picture
Betty Ray
Director of Programming and Innovation @Edutopia
Staff

Hi Robert - I will post your comment to the blog template. Thanks!

Betty Ray's picture
Betty Ray
Director of Programming and Innovation @Edutopia
Staff

You're not confused -- there's no way to post blogs without being an admin. :)

Cathryn Hudson's picture
Cathryn Hudson
Project manager, Conscious Dimensions LLC.

I am new to Edutopia, so this is my 1st attempt at reaching out. Bullying? We are working on games that teach self awareness. Working to develop both on line games and printed materials. The games are aimed at young adults, starting at age 12 years and beyond. I am 50 and continue to learn as we create each product.
Seems that self awareness programs are not introduced early enough. Like Myers Briggs and DISC, this training starts well after we are out of college. Why?
Maybe if a bully could learn early on what is causing the anger and the acting out, perhaps one child (and their teachers and parents) could be saved the anguish that it causes.
And what of the other children watching the bullying? Could they learn as well, to help, know that they can help and not be scared.
I would love if you could take a look at our info and let me know what you think. Again, new to this site, but passionate about self awareness.
-Cathy

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