Healthy And Safe Environment Essay

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I have included this paper to document my understanding of effective strategies and tools for creating a healthy and safe environment for young children. I have used research to gain a better understanding of what a child needs not only at school, but at home and in his community. I understand the responsibility that teachers, parents, and the community have in creating a supporting environment for the child. I know how important it is for teachers and parents to stay aware and involved in a child’s life. In the future I will refer to this paper to use this knowledge to prevent harmful situations and how to support children’s emotional health. I will also enforce respect and love within the classroom to make my students feel welcomed and …show more content…
Sixty-four percent of student’s don’t admit that they’re being bullied. Teachers rely on students to tell them they’re being bullied but most students are afraid to admit that they’re being bullied. “It has been found that teachers intervene in only 4% of bullying incidents on the playground (Craig & Pepler 1998) and in only 18% of bullying incidents in the classroom (Atlas & Pepler, 1998). This may be because bullying often takes place on the playground, in hallways, in lunchrooms, and other places where teachers are not around” (Veenstra, Lindenberg, Huitsing, Sainio, & Salmivalli, 2014, p. 2). Teachers often walk right past bullying and don’t even know it. Of course teachers can’t be everywhere at once, but being aware of this behavior and keeping an eye open for these things can help. “Not surprisingly, findings suggest that when teachers and staff are aware of their schools’ policies and are trained in how to effectively identify as well as address bullying incidents, victimization rates are substantially lower” (as cited in Ansary, Elias, Greene, & Green, 2015, p. …show more content…
“A positive school climate has been associated with myriad positive outcomes (Cohen, 2013; Deal & Peterson, 2009; Thapa, Cohen, Guffey, & Higgins-D’Alessandro, 2013), such as lowered aggression and violence (Goldstein, Young, & Boyd, 2008) and, more specifically, reductions in bullying (Birkett, Espelage, & Koenig, 2009). The SAVE model provides an example of how a positive school climate can shape the antibullying message.” (as cited in Ansary, Elias, Greene, & Green, 2015, p. 5). 11-year-old Ronan Schuelke who was a victim of bullying starred in a music video to teach respect to his peers at Stratford Middle School in Bloomingdale. “After the school 's students watch the video, Ronan and other student leaders will hand out "Stallion Medallions" to classmates who try to stop bullying or who reinforce positive behavior” (Ortiz, 2013). Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports has worked with this school and many others to train teachers and staff, and the “Stop, Walk, and Talk” method. They learn different approaches to anti bullying and after their training, “all eight schools in Bloomingdale 's Community Consolidated School District 93 adopted a multitiered plan that now includes an Expect Respect Club at some schools, where kids wear brightly colored T-shirts emblazoned with the logo” (Ortiz, 2013). I would teach my students to build each other up, not tear each other

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