The Bully Free Classroom Allan L. Beane, Ph.D.
Top Ten Facts About Bullying Bullying is more than “just teasing”. Anyone can be a bully.
Environmental Factors that Contribute to the Development of Bullying Behaviors: • Too little supervision • A Payoff (adults give in) • Aggressive behavior in the home • Harsh physical punishment • Abusive peers • Constant negative feedback • Expecting hostility
School Environmental Factors • Larger schools report a greater percentage of violence. • Schools with clear rules of conduct enforced by the principal report less violence. • Schools with students that report fair discipline practices report less violence. • Small class size relates to less violence.
School Environmental Factors • Schools where students mention that they are in control of their lives report less violence. • A principal who appears to be ineffective or invisible to students reports more violence in school. • Schools with principals who provide opportunities for teachers & students to participate in decision-making report less violence. • Cohesiveness among the teaching staff and the principal relates to less violence.
Top Ten Facts About Bullying Anyone can be a victim. Bullying isn’t a modern problem. Bullying affects everyone. Bullying is a serious problem. We can work together to solve problems
Three R’s for a Healthy School Environment • Rules—Parents and school personnel are in charge and will not tolerate bullying. • Rights—Every student has the right not to be hurt and to learn in a safe environment. • Responsibilities (educators and students) R R R
Top Ten Facts About Bullying A comprehensive plan will produce the best results. Children at risk can be helped. Schools are responsible for protecting students.
Creating a Positive Classroom Expose the myths. Define bullying. Build acceptance. Talk about bullying. Share facts about bullying. Name bullying behaviors. Share stories about bullying.
Creating a Positive Classroom 8. Take a survey. Set rules. Designate your classroom bully-free. Teach anger management skills. Respond effectively to reports of bullying. Intervene immediately when you witness bullying.
Creating a Positive Classroom Teach friendship skills. Teach conflict resolution & peer mediation skills. Identify role models & explore the lives of famous peacemakers.. Use a notes-to-the-teacher mailbox. Build empathy. Reward cooperation. Teach students to use “I messages”
Warning Signs (Bullies & Victims) Social withdrawal. Excessive feelings of isolation. Being a victim of violence. Feelings of “being picked on” and rejection. Low school interest & poor performance. Expression of violence (writing/drawing).
Warning Signs (Bullies & Victims) Uncontrolled anger; patterns of intimidating behaviors. History of discipline problems & violent/aggressive behavior. Intolerance for differences. Drug/alcohol use. Affiliation with gangs. Inappropriate access to, possession of, and use of firearms. Serious threats of violence.