Creating a Bully Free Environment
“Your children who have ridiculed me, who have chosen not to accept me, who have treated me like I am not worth their time, are dead.”
- Columbine shooter Eric Harris’s e-mail suicide note to the Littleton community
Bullying has been thrust to the forefront of a media frenzy over the past few years. With several high profile deaths of children being blamed on bullying actions. Such news outlets as CNN and NBC Nightly News have devoted primetime specials to the subject. One of the most startling statisics about bullying doesn't involve death or prime time televeision. It involves classrooms where you teach. According to the U. S. Health, Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Bureaus, 2.5 out of every 10 teachers see nothing wrong with bullying. In addition teachers only intervene and stop bullying in only 15 out of every 100 bullying incidents they are faced with.
But for all the horrible stories we've heard about bullying we can make a difference and stop bullying. Watch this video of a bullying story from Dr. Thomas Lickona of The Center of 4th and 4th R's (Respect and Responsibility). (Please disregard the title closing thoughts in the video)
There are many successful ways to create a bully free environment in your classroom and school. Understanding the people involved in bullying is important. Equally as important is understanding other proven successful strategies. Having this knowledge can help you create a buly free environment.
By completing this mini-course participants will:
1. continuously reflect on their experiences through discussion with classmates about their experiences with bullying.
2. use the resources provided to classify the characteristics of the bully, victim and bystander in written form using a table.
3. use a hypothetical bullying scenario to provide a solution to properly dealing with the bully, victim and bystander. As well as develop a written plan of action.
4. use the resources provided, to create a lesson plan that will promote a caring community in their classroom.
5. utilize examples and research to create a presentation on their own purposed anti-bullying program to be presented to school staff using Powerpoint.
Module One: Understanding the Bullying Cycle
Lesson 1: The Bully
Lesson 2: The Victim
Lesson 3: The Bystander