Nicole thinks it is unacceptable that student engagement in learning is affected my bullying. Unfortunately, when Nicole began the program teachers were spending 10-20 minutes after recess and lunch dealing with bullying that happened in the yard, which took away from learning time. Nicole thinks that students need to be empowered with the skills and education to reduce bullying and she believes in a school where bullying is unacceptable.
The key to Nicole’s initiative was to reduce bullying to increase learning engagement. The program is ongoing but Nicole is already seeing a massive impact!
Nicole started by talking to students to find out how much bullying they were experiencing in the yard. Her Grade 5/6 class then researched anti-bullying websites to develop a program they could deliver to the primary school. The project was discussed at a staff meeting, so that time could be allocated to implementing the program. Every Monday morning the Grade 5/6 class delivered an anti-bullying message to different classes in small groups, and they also developed plays, posters and colouring sheets to help deliver this message. Messages were also put in the school newsletter to encourage parents to engage in spreading this message. Finally, an anti-bullying action group was formed consisting of parents, teachers and students which worked to formulate ideas and drive the program forward.
Nicole’s initiative has already positively impacted all 100 students in the primary area of her school, and is now being delivered to some high school students.
“My 5/6 students would ask every Monday morning whether they would be delivering the bullying program. They were all excited to teach other students something meaningful. They felt like they were making a change for the better. A quote from my student ‘we are making the yard a safe place for everyone’.”
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Nicole would love your support for Bye Bye Bullying, or for you to start a similar program in your school, and she’d love to hear about any ideas you have or lend a hand where she can. Shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get in touch with Nicole and we can connect you. Feel free to cheer her on in the comments below as well.
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