- Paperback: 166 pages
- Publisher: Free Spirit Pub; Updated edition (September 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1575421941
- ISBN-13: 978-1575421940
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.2 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,970,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Bully Free Classroom: Over 100 Tips and Strategies for Teachers K-8 (Updated Edition) Paperback – September, 2005
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The "Bully Free Classroom" shows an educator how to create a peaceful, caring classroom that promotes a sense of belonging in all students and brings bullying to a screeching halt! It is a great resource.
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The book is divided into three major parts: Creating a Positive Classroom, Helping Victims, and helping Bullies. Each section of the book was equally good. Every section is filled with very specific ideas which would work in almost any school situation, of any level. 95% of the ideas and suggestions would be appropriate for Grade 3, without any modification. The book is also filled with reproducable pages which ARE REALLY USEFUL, unlike most reproducables which I have seen for teachers. Not one paragraph of the entire book wasted my time. Every single page is packed with hard-hitting practical ideas. I also liked the many, many suggestions which can be used for journaling ideas. Some examples: "How would you feel--if you were the most popular student, or the least popular student; if you were the new kid in school; if you wore glasses." Also: "When was the last time someone did something really nice for you? What did the person do? How did it make you feel?" Also: "What do you like about yourself? What are you best at? What makes you proud of yourself?" These are just a few of the 200 or so ideas JUST for writing about, which are scattered throughout the book.
On a personal note, in the part dealing with Helping Bullies, I recognized a family member who is a verbal and emotional bully. This book also gave me some excellent ideas for dealing with this adult.
I just wish I had come across this remarkable and helpful book years ago! I can recommend it to teachers of all ages of children (and parents, too).
After so many years of increasing violence in the public schools, most of us need no convincing to believe this is a vital issue that =must= be dealt with. Though this well-laid-out guide is written with the school teacher mostly in mind, I would not just recommend it for teachers. No anti-bullying program can begin in any school without the administration, teachers and parents working together. So it is important, whichever of these categories you fall into, to know what is in this book.
In the context of the current books that are out there on this subject, this one is excellent and makes a very useful contribution. However, since there are, sadly, so relatively few books out on this subject, to anyone seriously researching this subject, it is highly recommended that you read not just this book, but all the other books currently available (most of which are for sale here on Amazon).
The part of this book that I utilized the most and was the most benefical was the bullying survey. This survey is a great way to determine what and who is a bully or who is being bullied and what to look for. I would recommend this book to anyone as a great resource for bullying in the classroom.