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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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Elana Leoni
Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer
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I threw the question out to Edutopia's Twitter community and here's a couple of answers we got:

Jaafar: Get students creatively involved in the process (e.g. make a video like this one: http://youtu.be/0qfo9QvY8DQ)

PS101Q: Our school used the book, "How Full is Your Bucket" to address the concerns of bullying. Students then 'filled the buckets' of others.

Christopher M: Get parents involved! When we forget that they are our allies we begin doing a disservice.

Christopher W: Collaboration with the counselor is key.

Edutopia also created a very popular roundup of some of the best bullying prevention resources on the Web: http://www.edutopia.org/bullying-resources. There's a great five minute film festival on Edutopia.org as well that provides 11 short YouTube videos that provide some good entry points for class discussion.

Lastly, make sure to check out the film, Bully. You can get an educator's toolkit along with the DVD here: https://bully.nationbuilder.com/preorder.

Hope this helps!
Elana

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