Importance Of Dignity For All Students Act

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DASA (Dignity for all Students Act) is a law designed to protect all students from bullying. It serves an important purpose in schools in order to create a safe environment for students, free from physical, mental and emotional harassment. After receiving DASA training, there is much knowledge I have gained about what DASA consists, including from a teacher’s standpoint and my obligations as a teacher concerning DASA in schools. As part of our DASA training, we spent time discussing incidents of bullying we remembered from personal experiences and/or saw as students. With these incidents, we discussed the bullying spectrum and the roles of people involved in the incidents. A specific bullying incident I have dealt with occurred recently as …show more content…
Almost instantly the female student turned around to see students laughing and she discovered the post it notes on her back with “kick me” phrases written on them. After a minute all of the students realized I was watching the incident take place and I approached the incident and asked the female student to stay seated as I spoke to the group of students in the next classroom, which is connected to my classroom through a door. There were 3 students that I spoke to who were involved in the incident. I questioned the students and asked them what happened, however all of their responses consisted of phrases similar to “I don’t know” and “It was just a joke”. I explained to the students that whether they were joking or not it was unacceptable behavior, is hurtful to other students and that I expect to not see this type of behavior anymore. Before allowing these students to leave the classroom to move to another class, I had them place their post it notes, which are only used for ELA, on my cooperating teacher’s desk and told the students I would return the post it’s to their homeroom teacher at the end of the day. After these students had left the room, I asked the female student …show more content…
I feel that part of me was a bystander because I was observing the incident and what was happening. Mostly I feel that my role fell under the category of a protector since I quickly asked the students who were acting as the bullies to come speak with me. In this situation I intervened before any more notes and hurtful words could be stuck to the victim’s back and spoke to the group of students in favor of the victim. I was also active as a protector of the victim by reporting the incident to my cooperating teacher. The aggressors in this situation were the group of 3 students who were laughing and placing the sticky notes on the victims back. During this incident there was a full class of students, therefore the remaining students in the class who were seated near this incident can be considered bystanders for observing yet not responding or commenting on the

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