Bullying by Exclusion - social exclusion: help kids work towards solutions to exclusion with a clear understanding of the issue. Well, I had an experience that brought this awareness about bullying home to me at a “kid” level. I find that it is difficult to even admit my feelings and write about them, because of the many messages I received all my life that “these feelings are petty, silly, not valid.”
It's really easy to call someone a bully, but it's not so easy to be called a bully yourself. We’ve all made mistakes in our lives – sometimes when we were kids and didn’t know better, and sometimes when we’re adults and really should. Making mistakes is part of being human, but realizing we’ve made a mistake and not doing anything about it compounds the problem.
If bullying is a problem in your classroom, you're not alone. Bullying is a problem in most of the schools I've visited and it's a problem nationwide. However, here's a great way for you to combat bullying in your classroom and actually offer your kids a great lesson at the same time.
Last week we offered some "discussion starters" and questions that teachers, and their paraprofessionals, might consider when talking about lesson plans. This week's thoughts address Instruction: Will the paraprofessional provide input into the planning process for either specific students or the cl [...]
Self-awareness and Empowerment - That memory of cruelty and abuse, compounded by many, many others witnessed in the classroom over the years, compelled me to search for a deeper understanding of who I am, what I believe in, and how I could act on those beliefs. Thus emerged my philosophy. An important way to help prevent bullying and help students stand up for themselves and others is to teach them self-awareness and empowerment.