Bullying is one of the most important issues facing our families, schools, communities and society today, yet most teachers in-training and experienced educators have not taken a class or a course about this issue. This course will help educators better understand the issue of bullying and develop strategies for addressing bullying in their schools. The course is based on the premise that an educator's primary professional duty is to help students learn, and frightened students who feel that they are in an unsafe classroom environment cannot reach their potential as learners.
1. Acquire an understanding of the definition of bullying and how it relates to the imbalance of power between two students.
2. Develop a clear understanding of bullying behavior, and the effects that it has on individual students, the classroom, the school and the community.
3. Gain an understanding of how bullying behavior manifests itself in schools.
4. Recognize the characteristics of the bully and the victim and understand the difference between kidding, joking, and teasing.
5. Learn how to set up a process in their classroom that allows for victims to report incidences of bullying without reprisal from the bully.