We implement a well-known bullying prevention program at our school. There’s also a plan in place for dealing with all kinds of inappropriate behavior. Citizenship awards are given out each month. And, there are even special lunch programs to encourage children to be inclusive.
Even so, this year reports of bullying are on the rise. More and more students are being verbally “teased” or physically picked on. Others complain about “drama,” a word children often use when they feel shut out or excluded by someone they once considered a friend.
Whatever name students give these behaviors, it all boils down to the same thing– someone is repeatedly being made to feel inferior or unsafe due to the actions of someone else.
After searching for ideas that might help bring home the importance of being kind to one another, I stumbled on two blog posts. The first article, “My Class’s…
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