Don't Feed The Bully/I'm Gonna Write That Down
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I just want you to know that I have only had 1 (ONE) "I'm gonna write that down" slip turned in to me since NOVEMBER! That's right, just one....and I have 589 students. The one that was submitted was a situation in 2nd grade, and has since been handled. The number of bullying occurrences has dropped significantly, and I will be pleased to share that data in Orlando.
Your points are absolutely right -- the kids know they are being taken seriously, they will not be in trouble the first time (and we want them to learn from it)...and indeed they are not tattling as much. I've also found that when parents understand the system, they are very supportive - especially in encouraging young students (K-3) to speak to the bully (or anyone who is bothering them/making them feel bad). Parents have been willing to partner with us in helping their children do their part in the process, moving away from having the adults handle their conflicts for them. Very powerful stuff.
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What if a whole-school bullying program existed that was teachable in a day with or without professional training? What if this program gave students a simple, clear signal when they felt bullied? What if a signal existed for all stakeholders indicating when a student’s perception was, “I am being bullied,” requiring the bully (ies) to be put on notice to stop? If the behavior continued, the steps to consequences were clear to everyone, and the school would be notified that this child felt emotionally compromised.
No matter how the teacher or principal defined bullying, the student’s perception was fear. A program designed to foster strong school and peer leadership. Last, some students use tattling to bully others, trying to get them into trouble. What if a specific technique existed, implemented by teachers, that helped students determine the difference between tattling or reporting, causing students to consider their actions and assess the true level of danger before telling on someone without just cause? These questions led to this research study. After more than eight years of work in hundreds of schools with tens of thousands of students, educators, administrators, and parents, the overwhelming qualitative evidence begs the need to search for a more quantitative basis to create a program that fills the holes uncovered by the research. The data presented show that bullying will decrease when everyone learns to say, “I’m gonna write that down.”
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