According to the National Association of School Psychologists it’s estimated that 160,000 children stay home from school every day because they are afraid of being bullied.
Sadly, those first bullying incidents begin as early as preschool and continue throughout the school years. Not all bullying happens at school, obviously, but as our children spend a substantial amount of time with classmates it seems to be a hotspot for this kind of behavior.
Teacher education is just one vitally important aspect necessary to change the bullying behaviors rampant in our schools. With the support of administrators, parents, and the community as a whole, teachers need to be equipped with the tools to hand the social situations happening inside our schools! Mentoring Minds offers a Classroom Behavior Guide with outlined strategies to help educators create an environment that encourages effective learning and prevents bullying. Teachers can rely on these techniques to help change the social behaviors that are hurting so many of our children.
While we are all responsible for making a concerted effort to stop the bullying in our schools, teachers are faced with this responsiblity on a daily basis, often in a classroom of over 20 students. It must be a community action to faciliate this change and have no child not want to go to school because of bullying.