As a public educator, I aim to share my story with those interested about what really happens inside today's classroom. I hope my stories inspire, educate, and entertain you, as the calling of teaching is never neat or predictable. Please note that my blog content does not necessarily reflect the viewpoints or beliefs of my school district or colleagues.
Super Teacher's Job is Never Done!
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Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions. ~ Author Unknown
My goal is to reveal one teacher's humble journey of self-reflection, critical analysis, and endless questioning about my craft of teaching and learning alongside my middle school students.
"The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called 'truth'." ~ Dan Rather
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Recognizing the Signs of Bullying...
Here’s an article I found on WTOP.com about bullying. I though everyone might be interested.
WASHINGTON - It used to be that a child was bullied on the playground. But, now there's a new bullying frontier on social networks.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month and Dr Colleen Logan, coordinator of the family counseling program at Walden University says in this techno-driven world, the bullied are followed home and on to social networks.
"The cyberworld is something that's there 24 hours a day, seven days a week," she says. "It's incessant, you can't escape it and you get boxed into a little corner where there is nowhere around where I feel safe."
Logan says parents should look for the signs of being bullied.
"Is your child developing excuses for not going to school? We know that over 160,000 kids are avoiding school each day so that they won't be bullied. Are they coming home from school hungry because they had to miss lunch and didn't want to be bullied?"
She says if parents think their child is being bullied, they should take immediate action.
"Talk to your child. Talk to the school counselor. Talk to administration. Stand with your child and make sure it stops," Logan says.
If parents suspect their child is a bully, they can look for certain things.
"Some of the signs would be easily angered, easily frustrated, hotheaded, dominant," she says. And, your child is a bully, parents should look in the mirror.
"Bullying starts at home. How do you speak to others? What is your behavior like?" Logan recommends talking about acceptance and diversity, and making sure there are consequences for your child's bullying.
WTOP's Debra Feinstein contributed to this report.