Classroom Anti-Bullying Pledge

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 15 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

This lesson reviews tips for facilitating students in the process of forming and committing to an anti-bullying pledge. The lesson has suggestions for both primary and high school aged students.

Getting the Promise

Why should you consider creating an anti-bullying pledge for your classroom? When people own their own ideas by speaking them out loud or signing their name to a pledge, they take the words more seriously. Encouraging students to pledge to do all they can to stop bullying not only brings the issue to the forefront of the students' minds, but also makes them think deeply about their own role in the bullying environment at school.

Because you want the students to really buy into the anti-bullying pledge and take it on as their own, it is recommended that you spend some time in class creating the pledge together. This does mean that you will need to recreate your pledge every year (or with every class), but it ensures that the students feel connected to the pledge they make. The more the student feels he owns the pledge, the more likely he will internalize the promises made.

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