They use science and stories to help students win battle against bullying
"Refraction is the bending of a wave when it enters a medium where speed is different". This same physics principle is cited in a character building class and gives students some food for thought." In refraction, objects always appear to be shallower than they are." Similarly in life an individual may appear to be someone he or she is not. One cannot judge others from their outer appearance. This sums up the message educators are trying to convey to students in anti-bullying sessions. Do not judge your peers. They are trying to use science to drive home the point. A classroom lecture can be the most effective opportunity to transform character if one uses innovative teaching methodologies. Just using a series of wars alone, we cannot deliver the message the bullying is bad. Changing the mindset of students who deliberately bully is difficult to do so making them participate in activities that send the loud and clear message that bullying is ugly is a goal.
Bullying is not restricted to students as teachers get bullied by students also. Teachers open the session with the question" has anyone been bullied here and now?" Students share their experiences saying how they have been verbally and physically abused. Surprisingly the entire class claimed one student was behind it and went on to name him. When the students were asked if that boy had any friends no child raised their hands. The bully himself realized how his behavior had turned everyone against him. The next week the same boy got a taste of his own medicine as he said his classmates were bowling him. In asking the class if he mended his ways would they befriend him? All hands went up. Teachers are using stories, videos and real-life cases to explain the major aspects of bullying. What does it do to people? How does it impact the bully? What can students do if they are bullied or see someone bullying.