I Am a Teacher
Be Strong needs YOU and thanks YOU – Working with young people is among the most rewarding and important roles in society. We need the survivors, the allies, the bullies and teachers to unite for us all to experience restorative change. We know that it can be overwhelming to know what to do when faced with bullying – so we have crafted this simple checklist to get you started in positively disrupting your home, your classroom, your school, and your community!
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About two years ago, I decided to write a book. The problem was, I didn’t know where to start. That is, until I attended an event and learned of an online book writing program that promises your book will be published in 90 days. Sounds great, right? Well, 90 days into this program, I had about 40 pages typed and felt like it was going nowhere. So, I dove back into the online program and learned more about the reasons why I was stuck. I corrected those habits and kept on going. Then came the editing process.
I started learning a lesson about the time I was eighteen that I’ve kept learning throughout my life. And that lesson is that every new phase of life brings a new challenge that I’m going to have to deal with – especially when I think I’m golden.
Perhaps the most common form of bullying is what’s become known as “body shaming.” This, obviously, involves making fun of our bodily imperfections or differences. It is especially easy to get upset by such insults because we tend to be sensitive about our bodies. We all want to look good and to be seen as perfect. Thus, when people make fun of things that we, ourselves, have difficulty accepting, we feel hurt and humiliated. It’s bad enough that we badger ourselves about what’s “wrong” with our bodies. We hope that others don’t notice, and we hate it when they bring it out into the open with an insult.
To the principals and superintendents who supported the students in their quest to express themselves, I say thank you. Thank you for making the protests that students read about in their history books a reality. Thank you for seeing this as a learning opportunity that will resonate in their hearts and minds for years to come.
Look, we all need maps in life. Sometimes we can get off track, but we can always go back to the map to get back on-track. Follow these four steps to get back where you need to be.
So many stories about horrible damage caused by bullying go viral. It is so refreshing when a success story goes viral, showing how easy it is to stop being bullied.