Episode 004: Responses To Bullying
2014 Oregon Teacher of the Year
On the program this week, Teachers of the Year Radio welcomes Brett Bigham, the 2014 Oregon Teacher of the Year. Brett received the 2015 NEA Foundation Excellence in Education Award and the NEA LGBT 2015 Teacher Role Model Award. He is a fierce advocate for gay youth and students with special needs.
Brett shares with us that bullying, which used to be seen as part of growing up, is something that can lead to major, permanent psychological damage. The increase in bullying and youth suicides related to it parallels the prevalence of cyber technology among young people, a technology that by its anonymous nature makes acts of bullying easier to commit.But what does this have to do directly with teachers?
Brett points out that this is not just an issue for teachers to address, but one that affects the whole community. Bullied students tend to be afraid of their surroundings and show signs of depression and aggression. Bullies themselves tend to have a higher number of arrests.
In this episode, Brett helps us see that teachers can play an active role in preventing bullying by looking for signs such as depression and fear, putting into place supports that help bullied students deal with the effects of the bullying, and addressing the bullies themselves.
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