Bullyingin the K-3 Classroom
Bullying isevident among the old and the young children. But people tend tofocus more on the old forgetting that bullying can take place amongthe young kids. Researchers have found that bullying at earlier agesof a child may affect his/her behaviors, social skills and academicperformance in class. Bullying has been defined as the act ofexerting aggression on another person mainly intended to harm thatperson or intimidate and the behavior can be repeated now and again[ CITATION Kyl14 l 1033 ].The essay explains about the research that was carried among thekindergarten to grade three pupils to determine the causes ofbullying among the pupils as well as the steps the teacher can taketo ensure that there is no bullying.
My three-hour study and observation of pupils and their behavior ledme to conclude that bullying in elementary school is evident andintense. Most of the bullying seemed to take place when the pupilswere in an open ground rather than being in an enclosed location likea classroom. For example, there was the use of verbal abuse when thekids were playing or sitting close to each other and physicalharassment among the kids. Some could be heard shouting at otherscalling them names and threatening to fight them. My observation ofthe children behaviors for three hours drew my attention so closethat I decided to approach their classroom teacher and find a lotabout the bullying act within the school, what causes the act andwhat measures one should put in place to ensure that those behaviorsdo not continue.
Therefore, Iapproached the teacher and had a discussion for one hour. Thefindings from the teacher were a bit disturbing in that he started bysaying that the major causes of bullying are the children’s’living environments, the character traits of the children and theemotional bond that exists between these children and their parents[ CITATION Jac12 l 1033 ].Most of the bully children come from abusive homes where stabilityand nurturing do not exist as associated to their peers or parents.Therefore this environment may cultivate the act of aggressivenessamong the children and start bullying others.
The emotionalaspect is another cause of bullying the kids. In this case, childrenare said to feel insecure more especially when their parents don’ttake concern or care for their lives this makes them lose point ofreference and start developing aggressive behaviors of bullyingothers in school. Last the teacher insisted that the character traitof a child dictates a lot about the behaviors of a kid. In this case,he said that most, children express their feelings outwardly bybullying others for example when angered. He embraced those childrenwith reserved traits as they don’t express their feelings outwardbut instead inward thus not bully.
As a teacher onehas to employ measures that could see bullying in school does notexist. The measures include helping them to understand, regulate andcontrols their emotions and feelings[CITATION Bel10 l 1033 ]. Tofulfill this one can ask them what they are feeling thus helps themto develop better social competence. Also as a teacher be a goodcounselor in that whenever there is a conflict among the kid, jump inquickly and try to solve the conflict. Set limits to any intimidatingbehaviors and try to make a follow up with positive interactions.Lastly as a teacher you can identify and provide opportunities forchildren to know that people have different emotions[ CITATION Han13 l 1033 ].For example, when playing in the field ask them whether they like thegame or not and from this occasion, they may notice that childrenhave different emotions.
In conclusion,bullying is a disease among the children, and everything possibleshould be done to fight in school. Bullying discourages good behaviordevelopment social skills and may affect the kid intellectually
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