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Posted on September 26, 2012 12:59 pm
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Matthew Sollers
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I have issues with bullying when my students are between activities.
I'm starting to hear some verbal bullying during transitions. How can I best keep children engaged and focused during "down time" so they won't pick on each other?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted October 2, 2012 3:04 pm

Vivian Winston
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I would deal with this issue by establishing a "No Talking" rule during transitions. This can already be a time when the volume level increases and it may be better to not allow the students to talk at all while they are transitioning from one activity to another. If there are specific students who keep bullying, then they need to be confronted at an appropriate time and they should deal with the proper consequences that have been established.
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Jenna Herberson
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Establishing guidelines is always a good way to prevent unwanted behaviors.
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Solution 2
Posted October 2, 2012 3:28 pm

Courtney Morra
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If this were my classroom and it became a growing problem then I would speak to the individuals privately about why they are bullying in between activities. Most of the time if you can stop the source of the issue the whole class will follow. I would try to resolve my students issues so that they can move on and my class will no long be getting disrupted by this issue.
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Solution 3
Posted October 2, 2012 3:35 pm

RyruNe
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With bullying becomming so prevalent in schools today and the serious issues that have occurred from students bullying, as well as the consequences that they face when convicted of bullying, most schools have instituted a "zero tolerance" rule when it comes to bullying. I understand that the bullying taking place in this class may not be severe but if it is not addressed immediately it could escalate to something more serious. Not only should you address the rules of your classroom and the consequences of breaking those rules, but also review the school rules as stated in the school manual or handbook and the consequences of disobeying school rules. Once the students are reminded of how severe the consequences are for bullying, they should be warry of how they act and how they treat other students. Then, as the teacher you can institute new procedures for transitioning from activity to activity or subject to subject; implement a "no talking" rule during down time in the classroom; separate the students who are involved in the bullying; and privately tell the student who is the victim of bullying that he can confide in you if the students conctinue and report to you so that you can handle it.
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Solution 4
Posted October 6, 2012 12:00 pm

NeDema
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There should be a zero on the talking scale between all transitions. This should be a classroom rule and consequences should be in place.
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Solution 5
Posted October 10, 2012 3:23 pm

amaJud
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I would try to find the student that is the main person who is doing the bullying and speak to that student privately. If the problem continues I would give consequences to this student and be sure to inform the class they will receive the same punishment if I hear them bullying one of their classmates. It is important to stay firm on this rule because bullying has become a major issue for children around the country.I would have a "zero tolerance" policy that is established in the beginning of the year so this will not occur.
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Solution 6
Posted October 15, 2012 7:31 pm

Justin Mortenson
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Since this a problem of unfocused or bored students, making sure they have their attention on something some activity is key. You do not want to have the students doing the same thing every time there is downtime, because the same problem could occur. It is best to expect when downtime will occur, and plan an activity to keep the students busy. Puzzle worksheets, free reading, or computer time can all be options to keep kids from bullying each other during downtime between activities.
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Solution 7
Posted October 2, 2012 3:56 pm

uNaBeZ
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I think you need to work on building a better classroom community. You should ways to build your classroom communicate with exercises and activities such as Morning Meetings. Every morning my class gathers together and we do a 10 minute activity from a book called, The Morning Meeting Book, volume 1. The entire school has adopted this activity.

I would also remind students that it is disrespectful to laugh or tease someone (and provide consequences when they do!).

To engage students during downtime, you should implement a procedure students follow when they are finished with their work, such as reading a book, finishing another assignment, or drawing a picture of something we discussed in their journal.
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Solution 8
Posted October 18, 2014 11:02 pm

aWeRun
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If bullying is occurring during down time and transitions, let students know it will not be tolerated and have it a "quiet time" where no one can talk since they can't handle it appropriately.
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