A teacher has found an effective method that prevents bullying and harassment, and helps teachers detect it early. We explain what it consists of.
Bullying is installed in the classrooms, subtle and silent. Often invisible to many eyes. To stop it, there is no other solution: prevent it from being installed among students. But how?
A teacher has found an effective method that prevents bullying and helps teachers detect it early. We explain what it consists of.
► The teacher who manages to stop bullying before it starts
Every Friday, the (American) teacher hands out a blank sheet of paper to her students.
This is not a pop quiz. They only have to answer two very simple questions:
1. What four kids do you want to sit with next week?
2. Who is the best behaved this week?
The kids respond, even knowing they won't be sitting with their best friends. The teacher does not seek to rearrange the tables.
He just wants to know who's left out. What name never appears on those sheets. Who doesn't have friends.
As soon as the students leave, the teacher stands in front of the blackboard and analyzes the results.
A scheme that makes the organizational chart of relationships between his students very clear, as if it were an x-ray of the class:
– Who leads the groups, who do they admire the most.
– Who, without being leaders, are very popular.
– Who, even without being very popular, have support.
– Who stay apart. These, precisely these, are the easiest targets for bullying.
The teacher identifies the 'lonely' children. They are the children who have the most problems relating to others. What does he do then?
► How the teacher can prevent bullying in the classroom
This teacher is clear: if relationships are balanced and all the children get support... if all the children feel integrated, it will be much more difficult for a bully to find a victim, because the bullied person will have friends who defend them.
► What can teachers do to prevent marginalized children?
– Organize class assemblies every week. They serve to expose the problems that arose in class and outside the classroom and seek solutions among all.
– Empathize more with students. Get to know them more in depth. Who are they really? What are your dreams? Who are your friends? What problems have you got?
– Promote coexistence activities. There are activities designed for students to get to know each other better, value and respect each other.
– Teach children with fewer friends strategies to join the group and show their gifts to others.
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