As I reflect back on, Schools Where Everyone Belongs written by Stan Davis with the help of Julia Davis there are many practical strategies for reducing bullying; just as the title suggests. With bullying being so prevalent both in and out of the classroom I found this class to be very pertinent. I was completely applauded to hear a news report last week stating that some homeowner’s insurance policies will now carry a clause pertaining to bullying. Bullying can no longer be dismissed as a normal part of childhood behavior. This mindset only allows the weak to be preyed upon by the strong.
Teaching at the lower elementary level, I have to be so careful when handling a situation that could potentially turn into a case of bullying. At what point does teasing, name calling, hitting and/or kicking become bullying? Although Davis finds no research evidence to support what the interviewed students say, “Bullies are unhappy people who are jealous of their targets.”, I full heartedly believe this…show more content… If only acceptance and respect could be taught and modeled by the parents or caregivers, while being reinforced by the school staff most if not all bullying issues could be averted. But, since much of the character building and teaching right from wrong falls on my shoulders as an educator I must army myself with numerous strategies to make learning and our school environment one that is unified, as well as safe.
I have come to the conclusion after reading Schools Where Everyone Belongs there are four simple words that I will more than likely wear out by using without any hesitation, “What did you do?”. Why will I use these four effective words? Because using these words puts the blame and holds the individual responsible for their action. It is my watch and I will stand up for each and everyone entrusted to