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Posted on February 23, 2017 4:27 pm
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Cortnie
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Integrated Bullying
There is a student in my internship class who has a SLD. He is integrated into a reading intervention class with other students with LD or EBD labels. I have had students ask why he needs so much help and why he is special, and talk poorly about him and the validity of his label. They do this in front of other students and ask the teacher these questions. How should the teacher or myself respond? How do we stop the conversation without embarrassing the student?
 
     
     
 
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Posted February 27, 2017 1:19 am

Deborah Guyton
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This is a great opportunity to shine the light on diversity and bullying. Without calling out students,explain the differences between the students and abilities, then talk about bullying and how its not tolerated, then end by encouraging the students to help one another through their struggles. Mention their strengths and how we can use our strengths to help others who may not be as good at some things as we are.
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Jenna Herberson
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I think this approach would work great.
  Posted on: March 6, 2017 4:13 am

yLeQud
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i agree, explaining differences and talking about how bullying will not be tolerated would be a great idea.
  Posted on: October 14, 2017 10:01 pm

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Solution 2
Posted February 23, 2017 10:35 pm

LuLyHa
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This is a tricky situation. On the one hand, you do not want to give students ammunition, but you also cannot ignore the bullying that is occurring. Perhaps, you and the teacher should sit down and develop a plan to teach the students about different types of disabilities while explaining that some disabilities require more help than others. You also should express to your students that bullying is not tolerated. The key thing is to not single out any students due to a disability regardless of how minor or severe.
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Solution 3
Posted February 26, 2017 7:36 pm

eQeMeN
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You could propose enforcing consequences for bullying in the classroom with the teacher. Find out what motivates the students (computer time, fun class roles, preferential seating, etc.) and take those privileges away as these forms of bullying occur. Even one outward comment of bullying should be enforced with the strongest consequences to eliminate this behavior once and for all.
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Solution 4
Posted February 26, 2017 2:34 am

aZunet
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it's a tricky situation, but you need to tell the students that each student has needs and that might require more help. no one is better than another. tell them about how you make mistakes and it's okay just as the same applies for everyone else
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Solution 5
Posted February 27, 2017 2:56 pm

Breanna Bunnell
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I would encourage the students to write down their questions and put them in a "question box" each night or during lunch, the teacher can go through and answer the questions and return them to the students. Children cannot help but be curious, but they need to know that it is not appropriate to talk about other students.
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Solution 6
Posted July 7, 2017 2:45 pm

Elizabeth Allen
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Help the students understand diversity and different disabilities. The more they know and understand the less they will poke fun at others.
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Solution 7
Posted October 6, 2017 12:25 am

vaHyna
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Maybe try a research project on subjects like bullying and different disabilities. Research activities can open their minds to the negative effects on bullying and give insight on different disabilities. It might change their perspective on these subjects.
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Solution 8
Posted February 22, 2018 3:39 am

tuBaZu
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There is a book titled, "Fish in a Tree", it is required of all fifth grade classes to read in Florida but I think would be a good class read for this situation. It focuses on a girl with a learning disability and bullying.
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Solution 9
Posted October 4, 2017 1:09 am

sazaXa
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While I believe this is a great time to teach students that everyone is different, in this particular situation I do not believe there should even be time for this to be discussed. If other students have the time and attention to focus on this other student, I think it is clear that these students need more work or transitions between activities need to be smoother and more focused.
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Solution 10
Posted February 25, 2017 1:34 am

Lynn Krivoruchka
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I agree that this is a tricky situation. You can sit down with the teacher, but if you do not have time for that, you can say things such as, it is okay if someone needs extra help in the classroom. There is nothing wrong with that.
Telling the students that they shouldn't make fun of other students in the room, because it is mean and hurtful and mention that they wouldn't want to make fun of.
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Solution 11
Posted February 27, 2017 2:52 am

beTyZa
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This talk should not be tolerated. I would take it straight to administration and the students' parents.
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