Step 1: Set the Scene

What can teachers do to help prevent bullying?

SCENARIO: You are working on a family tree project with your students. During one of your classes, you see that some students are passing around a drawing of Student 1’s family whose parents are a same-sex couple. Student 2 is a Crown Ward. You see her sink a little lower in her chair as the activity proceeds.

1You realize that this exercise is too contentious and you decide to cancel it.

2You interrupt the incident, and name the bullying. You have a talk with the class telling them why this is not acceptable. The students involved in the episode are given detentions and extra homework.

3You prevent the incident by articulating yours and the school’s commitment to respecting diversity and including everyone before initiating the activity.

Explanation of the recommended response.