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Bullying asld 601 - group project - k. butler

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  • 1. Bullying: W hat actions are we implementing as educator s?
  • 2. Bullying  Bullying can become a major problem for some students and often students are pressured to involve themselves in these situations  It is important to identify and attempt to rectify these situations as they interfere with your students’ learning and development and potentially affect the overall functioning of your classroom.  Any child can fall victim to being bullied and any child has the potential to be the bully
  • 3. Steps towards an action plan for Bullying 1. Teachers must make it safe for students to report bullying  Students must trust that teachers and administrators will respect the anonymity of the student who reports information 1. Educators and related staff must be aware of all forms of bullying. Identifying intentions of bullying are:  There is a power difference  There is a negative intention  The behavior is repeated 1. There must be a clear and effective plan for dealing with the bully and the victim. Students must know the consequences of bullying. Retrieved on November 9, 2013 from: http://www.bullybeware.com/tips.html
  • 4. Steps Continued 4. School personnel must know about the different types of bullies. Some victims are also bullies. 5. An effective tool for dealing with bullying is utilizing the masses who aren’t involved in bullying situations. These students can take a stand and prevent bullying incidents. Retrieved on November 9, 2013 from: http://www.bullybeware.com/tips.html
  • 5. Possible Signs of Bullying: Watch for changes in the students behavior:         Unwilling to go to school Feeling ill in the morning Withdrawal behavior Decrement in school performance Having books or clothing destroyed Truancy Stammering Becoming aggressive or unreasonable Retrieved on November 9, 2013 from: http://csmh.umaryland.edu/resources.html/resource_packets/download_files/bullying_2002.pdf
  • 6. What can you do to help? • Model pro-social behavioral that asserts self-worth of each individual student • Actively observe student behavior in the classroom • Speak with parents to see if additional stressors at home contribute to the bullying dynamic • Include discussions of conflict-resolution in your lesson plan
  • 7. What can you do? • Ask school clinicians to present on consequences of bullying • Become familiar with the bulling prevention curriculum in the school • If there isn’t one, start incorporating bullying curriculum in your lesson plans including knowledge, attitudes, and skill development pertaining to bullying • Role play in the classroom to help students develop refusal skills
  • 8. What can you do? • Suggest that students stay together and walk in groups when traveling to and from school and when outside during recess or lunch • Meet with school administrators and help develop a bullying policy to implement school wide.
  • 9. Tips/Facts to help with Bullying  Understanding why children bully / victimize others is of key importance in initiating change of this behavior  Make it known that bullying and victimizing is not acceptable in your school and must be stopped  Managing bullying requires that the bullying behavior be firmly admonished and controlled  Counseling is essential and should be compulsory Retrieved on November 9, 2013 from http://www.bmef.org/bullying.htm
  • 10. Tips and Facts Continued  Children who bully / victimize need to see themselves differently, with opportunities to behave differently  The victim also needs to learn to act differently and be given opportunities to shine and show strength  Bullying and victimization require that the school, the teacher, the parent, the peers, but most importantly the child (bully and victim), take responsibility to learn to act differently Retrieved on November 9, 2013 from http://www.bmef.org/bullying.htm
  • 11. Useful Books and Online Resources  Olweus Bullying Prevention Program http://www.clemson.edu/olweus/  Take Action Against Bullying www.bullybeware.org  Steps to Respect: A Bully Prevention Program www.cfchildren.org/str.html  Blueprints for Violence Prevention: Book 9. Bullying Prevention Program (1999). By D. Olweus, S.Limber, & S.F. Mihalic; Boulder, CO: Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence http://www.clemson.edu/olweus/  Breaking the Cycle of Violence: Intervention for Bullying and Victimization (1996) By Richard J. Hazler
  • 12. Resources Continued • How to Say No and Keep your Friends: Peer Pressure Reversal for Teens and Pre-Teens (1997). By Sharon Scott •CAFS Teacher Talk Volume 1(3) 1996 http://education.indiana.edu/cas/tt/v3i3/peerpress.html •Preventing Classroom Bullying: What Teachers Can Do (2003). By Jim Wright http://jimwrightsonline.com/pdfdocs/bully/bullyBooklet.pdf •Stop Bullying Now! http://stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov/index.asp
  • 13. Resources Continued  Resource for parents: http://sitemaker.umich.edu/356.darnell/advice_for_parents

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