So, yes, I need to be more proactive with this bullying thing.
And yes, it does stem from one person, but anybody who acts as a fan, follower of, or ‘lieutenant’ for, that person is a bully as well. They seem to get a charge out of seeing someone with less power than they have.
Today, I wrote a couple of story starter journal prompts, but then I drew a horizontal line underneath those and added these two:
- When I see one classmate mistreat another classmate…
- Some ways kids mistreat other kids include…
I reminded the kids that they were welcome to drop their journal on my desk for me to read and left it at that.
Just out of curiosity, I’m making a point of not using any form of the word ‘bully’. Plus, it’s such a loaded term nowadays.
Next will be a short classroom activity.