An Unconventional Response to Bullying in a Sixth-Grade Classroom

Posted on November 12, 2013

  The Marshall Memo pointed my way to a very encouraging article about a sixth-grade classroom who confessed to and worked on changing their bullying-behavior.  The sixth-grade teacher, David Rockower, wrote his class a letter detailing bullying observations he’d noticed and asked them if they felt excluded this year and what they could do to change their behaviors.  He gave them an hour to write about it and hand it in to only be read by him.  The student’s behaviors did end up improving.  “Through the writing process,” says Rockower, “through their honest and contrite acknowledgment of mistakes, they were all aware of what needed to change…Sometimes the impetus for such change begins quietly on paper.”

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