School Bullying

The Bully Free Classroom By Allan L. Beane, PhD

A Great Resource for Classroom Instruction

   Here are KEY POINTS taken from The Bully Free Classroom and other sources that we have found helpful:

  1. As a classroom teacher, you’re shaping young lives, and you are in a position to have a profound impact on their behavior. You cannot minimize that kind of influence, and you certainly cannot underestimate it.  When you reach out to your students and treat them with kindness and respect, you are providing positive attention from a caring adult.  When you model tolerance and acceptance, you are sending them along the same path.
  2. Although students may report that we don’t have a bullying issue at our school, keep in mind that most bullying still goes unnoticed and unreported.
  3. It starts in preschool, peaks during middle school and declines in H.S.
  4. Bullying is a learned behavior that must be unlearned.
  5. Bullies don’t just grow up and grow out of it – they must be taught better ways of relating with others.
  6. Students must feel safe, secure, accepted and valued at school – free from teasing, name-calling, intimidation, violence, fear- in order to be productive and successful in school. The focus of this book is to help you create such an environment that is most conducive to learning for your students.
  7. This book is not a program but a collection of tips, strategies and activities designed to reduce bullying behavior and take purposeful action in your own classroom.
  8. Give the book a quick scan and then determine where you want to start, some activities may need to be adapted for your students since specific age are not assigned.  Keep in mind that what students are ready for and capable of doing seldom depends on age alone. It is recommended that you start with strategies from “Creating a positive Classroom,” which will help you set the stage and give everyone a common language and shared understanding of bullying.
  9. It is recommended that you communicate with your parents by an Introductory letter (sample provided) and at various points along the way you may want to send copies of handouts that you’re using with the students.  Make it clear that the purpose is both for prevention and intervention purpose
  1. Make a point to give the survey to the whole class and can also use the survey to interview individual students you suspect of being bullied, or use it with a group of students to get a feeling for what types of bullying and how much goes on in your classroom.

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