Stopping the bully in your classroom

By Rosemarie Allen
July 17th, 2014

For schools and classroom teachers to combat bullying, they must understand what it entails and identify it in their hallways and classrooms


While bullying has long existed, it has only recently been recognized as a pervasive problem in schools across the nation.

According to recent studies, up to 30 percent of U.S. students in 6th through 10th grade are involved in moderate to frequent bullying either as bullies, victims, or witnesses/bystanders.

This means that nearly one in three children will be involved in bullying at some point in their education journey.

With an ever-increasing emphasis on academic outcomes, the link between student behavior and academic achievement can no longer be denied. If students are acting out, disturbing others, interrupting lessons, or suffering under fear, the learning environment is compromised.

Setting the tone for acceptable behavioral expectations and creating a positive culture for a school are critical for creating a successful learning environment.

Know how to identify bullying

In order for schools and classroom teachers to be able to combat bullying, they must be able to understand what it entails and know how to identify it in their hallways and classrooms. Generally, bullying can be defined as aggressive behavior that is intended to cause harm or distress, occurs repeatedly over time, and occurs in a relationship in which there is an imbalance of power or strength. Common types of bullying include physical, verbal, non-verbal (such as obscene gesturing, ostracizing), and cyber bullying.

(Next page: The tools and skills needed to end bullying)

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One Response to “Stopping the bully in your classroom”

July 17, 2014

The author believes that “tracking interactions, investigating, and supplying teachers and administrators with intervention training and resources” are the key elements to address bullying. What’s missing from this list, however, is providing students with the practice and skills to intervene. Peer leaders must be given the tools to stand up to and use positive peer pressure to both deal with and prevent bullying. Without their active commitment to and engagement in concrete actions that stop and prevent bullying, it will make little difference how sincere and skilled teachers and administrators may be in learning about resources.