Thoughts and Strategies to STOP Bullying!
THOUGHTS & STRATEGIES
FOR BULLYING ISSUES
May 1, 2017
KIDS NEED TO LEARN HOW TO COOPERATE THOUGH THEY MIGHT DISAGREE
Students who have not been taught that they have a responsibility to comply with rules in settings believe that they can do or say anything they want. Maturity level is another factor to consider when students disagree.
Bullies lack empathy and are not in touch with other’s feelings and do not normally respect authority. Holding students accountable for non-compliance and disciplining them for poor attitudes is a must. They may not always agree but they have to cooperate.
May 2, 2017
IS IT OKAY TO DISAGREE, BUT, WITH THE RIGHT ATTITUDE
Give your students a voice to disagree but set up ground rules. It does help them to release anger. The idea here is that attitude is everything. When students disagree too many times they begin to personalize what is being said and that is when name calling and berating begins. This is a time when bullies use their power to force their victims into submission. By teaching students the right way to disagree with each other it builds confidence, boundaries and maturity. This will in the process help both the bully and the victim.
May 3, 2017
TEACH STUDENTS THE ART OF FORGIVENESS
When students are involved in an altercation with one another sometimes we are too quick to ask them to shake hands, hug and move on. It is best to put a little time between the two students. I find if one is still angry and forced to make up to quickly they may seek revenge at a later date. Allow each student to voice their issues and lead them to a compromising path. Think about times when you have had to ask someone for forgiveness. It can be uncomfortable at first but in time it is the best choice. Lead by example.
May 4, 2017
JUST SAYING PLEASE AND THANK YOU HELPS
If we give respect we will get respect. The same is true for students. They must have respect for one another otherwise conflicts will arise. As often as possible reflect this thought when teaching your curriculum. You can begin in your classrooms by going back to the basics of asking students to say, “Thank You and Please”. Imagine the possibilities of our school culture if everyone did this
May 5, 2017
COURAGE IS LIKE A MUSCLE SOMETIMES WE ONLY HAVE TO BE BRAVE FOR ABOUT 2 MINUTES AT A TIME
Remember 2 minutes can seem like an eternity depending on the circumstances. Courage can be like that. We may need to build up student’s courage in small time increments. Bullies can place such a fear in students that victims are afraid to participate in anything at school. So, encourage your students that like muscle building it only takes 2 minutes at a time to get to where they need to be.