Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers!
This week let’s shine a light on a problem that doesn’t seem to go away…bullying in school.
Despite a wide range of efforts by administrators and teachers, parents in many communities unfortunately still file upsetting reports about their children being bullied in school.
Bullying has occurred in classrooms, hallways, gyms, playgrounds, and elsewhere, including, of course, online.
What can teachers do to help send the message that bullying is unacceptable?
One answer: tap into visual materials, like colorful posters, that catch students’ attention with positive behavioral tips. As bullying has grown, so has the development of print resources for different grade levels that teachers and parents can use to encourage “Buddies – YES; Bullies – NO!
Posters that feature animals and short, clear messages are perfect for younger children.
If you work with older elementary school children, try addressing bullying and its prevention in a RAP (no singing talent required, I know because I’ve done this) that plays with the word COOL.
Why add fun to the challenge of decreasing such bad behavior as bullying? To catch and keep kids’ attention.
Your goal is to engage students in preventing this unacceptable conduct in creative ways to make a permanent impression. It’s all about mindset – set your students’ minds right; get them to “buy in” to no tolerance for bullies.
Use music to get kids involved in anti-bullying campaigns.
K – 5 kids enjoy learning with music and lyrics. That’s why an anti-bully RAP may help your class.
Follow these steps to RAP IT UP…