Blackboard Bullying: When Teachers Become Bullies

Bullying is repeated, intentional, and continual harassment. Research indicates that 40% of children in school fall into either the bully, victim or bystander categories. Often defined as “an imbalance of power,” bullying can be direct (e.g., pushing, beating, name calling, etc.) or indirect (e.g., alienating, spreading rumors, cyberbullying, etc.). Finally, bullying affects everyone involved (the victim, the bully, and the bystander) and is always harmful. Teachers too can be bullies, sometimes without realizing it. Raising of voice to the student, using sarcasm to belittle the student, and throwing objects at the student (books, papers, pens, pencils) are just a few of the many signs and features of a teacher-bully. This workshop defines bullying, identifies the types of bullying teachers, and offers tested solutions for bullying prevention in the classroom/school.