The Bully Proof Classroom

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR TEACHERS

Bullying Is Not Always About Weakness

Tweet Victims of Bullying get bullied for a variety of reasons. Weakness is only one of them.  People are bullied today for difference now more than ever. We would like to think that prejudice is yesterdays news; unfortunately it’s not.  The narrow minded bully comes in all shapes and sizes and operates in all venues […]

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Teaching Respect

Tweet Disrespect is really a symptom of a deeper problem going on within the mind of a child. Anger or guilt is at the root. Often teachers are not even aware that the child is angry but notice a change in their attitude, and are not sure where it is coming from. Rules and regulations […]

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Experiential Opinion

Tweet Opinion is opinion and we all have one. What forms these opinions is another story. Sometimes they are formed and almost appear to be judgment on a group or a method, or a habit or just an overall dislike for a person or an idea. These opinions are not based upon facts, but rather […]

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Liberty And Freedom

Tweet Liberty and freedom: synonymous? I don’t think so. We all have the liberty to do and say whatever we want. Good or bad. Oh, of course with consequences both good and bad as well. What we do with that liberty determines the amount of freedom we experience in the deep recesses of our mind […]

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Emotional Maturity

Tweet Many years ago I had a friend whose son was getting ready to go off to his freshman year of college. We drove him up to Dartmouth. Her intention was to stay up there for three days to help him with the adjustment and get settled. During the five hour car ride there, he […]

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SELF-CONTROL, THERE IS “NUN” BETTER

Tweet Going to a Catholic grammar school for nine years had its benefits. We had to wear uniforms so there wasn’t any clothes competition. We went to church all the time so we got some formal spiritual training. You couldn’t even think of using profanity because you thought the nuns read your mind and would […]

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Society Has Lost It’s Wisdom

Tweet Parents need to teach their kids everything. There are no assumptions in this world;  None. Society has lost it’s focus and believes that children will learn about  money, friendships, relationships, and marriage on their own. We are so caught up telling our kids what not to do that we have forgotten that we have […]

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The First R Of Academic Success: Respect

Tweet I was driving in my car one day and was staring at the five bumper stickers that were on the car in front of me. One of the bumper stickers made a lot of sense, it said, “If you can read this thank a teacher.” I never had to be reminded of this when […]

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I Fight Authority And Authority Always Wins

Tweet As a young boy I always had a fear of authority. I don’t mean the police, I mean adults other than my parents. There was always some authority figure who was correcting me in the community or in school.  Since my father was the owner of a pretty popular bar in a very small […]

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I Don’t Care Who Hears What I Say: A Haunting Attitude

Tweet Many years ago a wonderful friend of mine asked me what the smallest part of the body is. I was very young and probably very stupid at the time and I responded with “Duh, a finger.” He commented to me, “No it’s the tongue.” He also said to me that although the tongue is […]

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