Can you share your personal thoughts and inputs on bullying? .
I have a very very long article from the library that I am sending you. Let see at we can use from it as one of my references...
The Bully in the Mirror
Antonio, 4th Grade
Mirror Mirror on the wall why must I be the
Bully that has to fall. I beat on kids around the school
The mirror told me it wasn't cool. The mirror told me to change.
My ways I have beat up kids all by days. I have no friends.
It's just not right. The mirror said cause you like to fight.
I am a bully how could this be. The mirror is starting to
Change me. Reflections are now flashing back to me.
Someone plant the seed inside of me. Now the mirror has
shown me poor. I'll change my ways and start
new days the bully is no more part of me.
Any bully can change
Imagine that you are Antonio's teacher. Antonio obviously wants to make a change. As a fourth grader, it is almost impossible to do this alone. Therefore, he has handed this writing piece to you, his teacher. Understanding that this transformation involves far more than you and Antonio, you will devise a plan to help him change his history and be a good person.
First, read the Kenny (2007) article and discuss how Antonio's "looking glass self" has been influenced by the agents of socialization. Be sure to explain how this looking glass self is related to his "answerability" and what role that has in his desire to change his behavior.
Next, devise a game plan for Antonio's change:
a. Share one lesson or activity that can be completed with the whole class. The lesson or activity should focus on the importance of awareness and bully prevention. Describe the lesson or activity and how it will benefit the class as a whole.
c. List one strategy that you can help Antonio implement in order for him to stay on the right path (e.g., literature, a check list, or a change in routine).
A definition of bullying is acts of aggressions shown by some school aged children toward others who show they are afraid. The behavior may repeat itself or have the potential to do so. Some examples of bullying behavior are approaching another in a threatening way, saying malicious things about another, physical or verbal attacks, or excluding someone from an activity on purpose (stopbullying.gov, n.d.).
The example of Antonio shows a child who is crying out for help, both for himself and the classmates who he bullies. As the classroom teacher, I would show some of the videos shown on the site, Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center. That includes: What bullying is, how bullying feels, what you can do as well as Mean Girl. I would discuss what was suggested in terms of stopping the bullying. Some examples were telling a grown-up, walking away, ignoring the bully, saying stop, sticking together rather than alone and not giving the bully attention. I would not stop there though, would you Mary? I would ask the class to brainstorm some other possible solutions and write them down on chart-paper.
I would present other situations that may show bullying situations. I'd ask students to act these out. They can also switch roles, saying how it feels to be bullied, and to be the bullier. The class can again suggest possible resolutions. The class may also suggest rules, which make bullying less prevalent (Stopbullying.gov, n.d.).
Particular to Antonio though, I think I would ask him on the paper what is bothering him, which causes him to bully. What do you think of that, Mary? I may make myself available as a person he can talk to If this does not stop ...
The expert describes the lesson or activity for a class on bullying. How to help students support their former tormentor is given.