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- Take the issue of name-calling and teasing seriously. Rethink statements like, “Kids will be kids…” or “He didn’t mean anything by that comment; he was just kidding.”
- Let students know that you are available to talk to them. If possible, set aside ten minutes of class time each week to discuss issues that students want to bring up. Get to know students as individuals.
- Take time to listen. Don’t try to “fix” a situation before you have taken time to listen carefully. Avoid making the situation worse by blaming the targeted student. Make sure your actions don’t discourage students’ honesty.
- Don’t harp on what should have been done in the past; focus on the present. Saying, “Why didn’t you tell me sooner?” is not helpful.
- It is true that experience is one of life’s best teachers. But if you don’t study you will probably never get any experience in the first place.
- Listen to your teachers when they tell you WHAT to do. But more importantly, think about it later and ask yourself WHY they told you to do it.
- Being a good student throughout school and college is like preparing yourself for a marathon which will begin after you graduate. Focus on your goals and study hard, because the last thing you want is to tire yourself out before the finish line.
- Help students learn how to become effective allies. Provide time for them to learn the range of behaviors practiced by good allies. Do not communicate the expectation that students should always directly intervene when bias incidents occur. Discuss safety concerns and brainstorm effective alternative strategies with students.
- Be discreet and whenever possible, maintain confidentiality. Some teachers announce to the class when a student is having a problem with name-calling, bullying or harassment. Whenever possible, help each student privately.
- Do not belittle, tear down or publicly embarrass students. Although these strategies are common in competitive sports, they are ineffective in motivating students to do better.