Bullied Teacher, Bullied Student: How to Recognize the Bullying Culture in Your School and what to Do about it

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Pembroke Publishers Limited, 2005 - Education - 95 pages
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Students aren't the only ones bullying in schools. Teachers, principals, and parents bully too. Together they create a bullying culture that strikes at the heart of effective learning and teaching. A bullying culture harms everyone it touchestargets, student bystanders, teachers, parents, and even society at large.

To eradicate bullying, the school community must first acknowledge its existence in all forms. This timely book explores the background and issues related not just to student-on-student bullying but to all forms of bullying found in schools. It then goes on to illustrate how schools can deviseand enforcea policy that works. This indispensable guide offers an anti-bullying blueprint that explains how to:

  • recognize a systemic culture of bullying;
  • neutralize the power imbalance that enables bullies;
  • create an environment free of sexual, racial, and cultural stereotyping;
  • use cooperative learning to foster respect for differences;
  • empower students through positive reinforcement;
  • counteract the blame the victim mentality.

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Les Parsons taught a variety of subjects, including English and language arts, for more than thirty years. As an English consultant, workshop leader, and university lecturer, he has worked with classroom teachers at all grade levels. His work with innovative curricular initiatives ranges from implementing response journals across the curriculum and writer's workshop techniques to designing effective evaluation systems and promoting practical equity policies.Les' latest book,nbsp;Bullied Teacher: Bullied Student, tackles the controversial issue of how adult and student bullying combine in a school to produce a bullying culture and then details what to do about it.Here is how Les describes his approach to writing and education: "I think through writing. During the process of writing, my goal is not necessarily to publish, but try to understand a little bit more about my world and myself. As a lifelong educator, I write to discover the best ways to learn and the right ways to teach. If I uncover a kernel of truth about a unique perspective on an educational issue that I haven't encountered before, I try to publish in order to share what I've learned."As teachers, we can make a difference. If we can equip young people with the right tools, skills, and knowledge, and furnish them with an equitable, compassionate view of the people around them, they will make a difference in the world they inherit.

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