Adoption STAR’s Senovia Cuevas shares thoughts on a blog post regarding one teacher’s approach to bullying prevention and building social connections in her classroom.
Bullying has always been an issue for children, but in recent years media coverage on this topic has soared! Subjects discussing why and how children are bullied have been shared to evoke responses from adults and communities to take instances of bullying more seriously. However, it often feels like there are limits to how much we can do for the children in our lives when bullying takes place out of sight. This thought can be very difficult to come to terms with, but as parents, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc., we have to believe and accept that there are other adults out there that will care for our children when we are not around.
The following blog shares the story of a teacher who is actively caring for those children who may be struggling with bullying in her classroom.
The teacher discussed in the blog is taking the initiative to go beyond her typically classroom responsibilities and use her students to help her find a solution to bullying. All of her students are unknowingly contributing to creating a more comforting atmosphere for those children who are struggling to integrate and socialize in the classroom.
The blogger explains the teacher’s actions as “looking for children who are struggling to connect with other children. She’s identifying the little ones who are falling through the cracks of the class’s social life.” I found this to be such an amazing approach given that children who are struggling often find it difficult to vocalize their troubles. A classroom setting seems like the perfect space to have such a system in place. Not only does it provide children who are struggling with the opportunity to socialize, it also allows children who may be very social to diversify their group of friends.