February 22, 2016

Dear Division 16,

As you know, this Wednesday is Pink Shirt Day. This is a day when we consider the impact of bullying on our communities and take steps to ensure our schools are safe places where our differences are respected and celebrated.

For your assignment this week, please read the “3 Cs” page at the ERASE bullying website:

http://www.erasebullying.ca/safe-schools/safe-schools-3cs.php

In your post, please choose the “C” that you think is most important in creating a safe space for students in schools. In your response, please discuss one thing that students and teachers can do to contribute to that safe space. Be specific! Include examples!

I look forward to your responses,

Jody

27 comments

  1. Amythest

    I chose Connectedness, becauses as it says it is about feeling wanted, valued and respected. I think that those are very important things to feel at school and anywhere. I chose Connectedness because well what I said before and because in the article how it described Connectedness was if you feel connected then you’ll be less likely to drink, do drugs, smoke and more. It’s definitely very bad to drink or do drugs or smoke because it’s bad for the environment and it’s really really bad for the person who actually does do that stuff and it’s bad for all the people around them.

  2. Rouge

    The “C” I thought was most important was climate. I think that school staff and students are affected by their climate every day, to work well and feel happy we need a safe and encouraging environment. We create the environment we are in every day, also the people around us help to shape our climate into a welcoming place. To make students and staff feel included and safe we can all be supportive of their work and ideas and we can have an open-minded approach to others in, and outside of the classroom. For example if the students are having a classroom discussion and someone shares their idea that you don’t quite understand or agree with, instead of disagreeing with it or taking the idea down you can ask questions and have a positive attitude when you’re listening to them speak. That way they don’t feel unsupported or discouraged from sharing. The teacher also plays a very big part in setting the classroom climate, the teacher decides: what the rules are, what will be expected, and how they will react to things that go in the class. The teacher can be positive and encouraging when students need some help or guidance and they can keep a welcoming and calm attitude throughout the day.This way students feel listened to and feel like they have a safe adult to talk to if something is ever wrong. Jody is an amazing teacher, and she is a great example of a positive influence and adult that you can always talk to.

  3. Amythest

    I think that students and teachers can be kind to the other students and their students. As I have said they also could make them feel respected and valued and wanted. So even if you’re not friends with another student that doesn’t mean that you have to be mean or rude to them you still should make them feel respected, valued and wanted. Also I think that it is SO important to make a new student in you’re class feel valued, respected and wanted.

  4. The Baconator

    I think that the most important C is connectedness. I think this because if someone feels valued then it can build their confidence and will make them feel strong. If this happens they will do much better in everything that they do. The thing teachers can do to comfort these kids is to help build their confidence like encouraging them and giving them compliments that will make them feel good.

  5. Den10@Sea43

    The “C” that I chose was the last one. It was the one about cultural beliefs In schools. In schools sometimes people always think that if you are normal then you are safe or cool but that is not the way it I sin Dickens

  6. The Dude

    I choose number 1 – connectedness. I think connectedness is very important because, it’s very important to have a bond between the students and the teachers, and not just that ,but also the student with other students.

    When they talked about connectedness on the website, they said that people n school who feel connected and satisfied with school and the people around them, were less likely to struggle with drinking or drug problems. Which i thought was pretty interesting. i think the whole idea about connectedness isn’t really about if you fit in enough or if you’re popular, I think it’s really about having harmony in that school and having peace with your peer/students.

  7. PandaTush

    I think connectedness was the most important. Being connected to the world can be very important, especially in dark times when your being bullied. Being bullied creates another world in your life that surrounds you in a dark cloud. Being connected to the people in your community and people you live with and learn with just helps scare the cloud away. The place and people your connected with, they’re like a hug that protects you from the storm in your life. I think something that students and teachers can contribute to prevent bullying is to have positive attitudes. Positive attitudes make the space more positive and wards off bad thoughts. They could also include people more and talk to people. Just asking if someone is alright or feeling ok really helps.

  8. smeagaleater10

    I chose number 1, connectedness. I chose connectedness because, I think it is the most important “C” for creating a safe space for children in school. I also think connectedness is the most important “C”because in order for a student to feel truly accepted at the school or part of the school they must feel connected. I will also connect to the second “C” climate, because if a school want all their students to feel connected the teachers and staff must also set a comfortable tone in the school.

  9. Crazychicken lover

    I think that the most important “c” is connectedness, because it doesnt really matter if you have a really vibrant classroom with really nice posters if you dont have a very active teacher and active students. Connectedness is connecting with each other, and talking and socializing in class and being confident about yourself. One way to boost it would be making kids feel comfortable in theyre classroom by putting up nice posters that talk about being yourself. Another way to boost kids confidence would be to make more times for kids to get to know each other better by giving more class time to let people talk or make a fun get-to-each-other better thing like asking questions. You would also need a very encouraging teacher that is helpful and kind so kids would feel safe.

  10. super cheese cake

    We can do more social events. So every one can know each other more, care each other more and get connected more along with their families and the community so that no one will be left behind. If everybody were friends they won’t be bullying each other. If there was somebody being bullied others will speak out for him/her.
    This is mostly about connectedness and climate.

  11. The Bean

    I think number 3 (culture) is the most important because it is near impossible for the other two to exist without culture. In order for your school to have a good climate (#2) with strong relationships, you first have to make everyone feel that they are equal and are treated so. Not only with students but with teachers as well, the students have to feel respected and believed in to achieve a good school climate. Out of this students will feel more connected (#1) to their teachers and peers which makes it much easier to communicate and work with them. So it can take 3-5 years or more to change the culture of a school, but if you do change the culture of a school everything else changes with it, and hopefully for the better. So it might take some time to achieve a better school culture, but it’s time worth the wait.

  12. THEMANGO404 mmmuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhh

    #3 I think that culture is really important. If everyone can feel like they are in a place where they are respected for who they are, then the community that they are will thrive and be very successful. I think this because if you are in a group, it is a good feeling to know that everyone supports your ideas.
    Imagine a school where everyone values being helpful. It would be a great school because if someone tripped on gravel and fell, they could always count on someone to help them out. Or imagine that someone who is finished with math stops to help someone else. Or maybe if there’s a part in a play that no one wants, you take it because you value being helpful and making other people happy. Overall, it doesn’t matter what size, age, gender, skin colour the person is at this school, because all of them have the same thing in common: they can help and be helped.

  13. Shadow145

    I think culture would be the most important because its normal if you have cultural beliefs but if people are bullying the person because of that we should help them if they do get bullyed and stop them from bullying so it can be a safer place for people who have cultural beliefs

  14. Soccerboy123ABC

    I think the most important “C” is connectedness because I think it is the most important thing in feeling part of something or that you belong there ,it also helps if you try to make bonds with other people and teachers so you feel comfortable with your environment ,to help us all feel this way you have to set the tone in your classroom and to make more friends if your new there/if your not so that you make yourself feel like you are valued and belong there.

  15. Joaquin

    I think one of the most important things needed to make a safe space in a classroom is to stay connected with one another. If you have strong connections with your classmates and your teacher then you feel more comfortable telling one of them if someone is bulling you. I remember my sisters telling us about an activity that they did with their teacher Laurie, where they all sat together on the carpet and she asked them to close their eyes. She asked them to raise their hands if they had ever been called stupid, ugly etc then she asked them to say something that they had been called that had made them feel sad, angry or just awful inside. My sisters told us how powerful it was, how some of the kids were crying and I think this is such a powerful way to share those emotions in a safe space and at the same time if the person who called you those names is in your class, they may realize how bad they made you feel. If a teacher is noticing strange behavior they should talk to the parents and the kid, not every person has someone to talk to and they might just need someone to ask how they are doing.

  16. A.ayewthelegend

    I chose connectedness because we have a really strong link in our class except maybe in other schools there might not be a strong connection between kids so that would be were bullying could start because they wouldn’t know each other as well so that is really important. I think that we could have more team sports going on so kids can support one another and everyone feels great and part of a school community.

  17. Ginger

    I think that the climate “C” is one of the most important pieces of creating a safe school environment. When I first moved to Division 16, I was very nervous and hesitant about what might happen, and I can only imagine how it would feel for someone who is being bullied or discriminated against. Luckily, the minute I stepped into the classroom, I felt as if I was wanted and in a safe learning environment. I think that to have a good climate in a classroom, there must be lots of encouragement from both teachers and students. For an example, if there was a student who was having trouble with a project or nervous about a presentation, a student or teacher could say, “I noticed you were having some trouble and wondered if you wanted help”. In this example, I also showed how offering to help can make the person more comfortable because they know that someone cares about them and is willing to work with them.

  18. baconguy

    C2. I think that climate is the most important of the Cs because with a good relationship between everyone, this never would of happened. In order to help stop bullying everyone needs to have a good relationship with each other. In fact, a possible solution to this problem is a better relationship between students and teachers, so the students feel like it’s okay to say that they are being bullied.

  19. Sr.Fruitcake

    I think that the most important “C” for me, was culture. I liked the idea that each school has its own culture and it struck me as something that could be very important as a representation of collective belief in the school and community. I feel like one of the most important things we can do for this is to be accepting and friendly in every situation where it is appropriate. We need to do this collectively though because any single person not doing those things could change someones mind about how they feel and act in the school and community. If we all did this to our fullest extent we would have a more positive image and would allow everyone to feel comfortable in our school and like the culture it provides.

  20. ArcticOwl

    I think that the “C” for me is Culture.I really like the idea about not having it on religions or believes just about “the way we do things”. I thought that it kind of describes Connection.This made me think a lot about how we are different.Also made my think
    What is normal?

  21. Purple Pickle

    I think the most important “C” is connectedness because connectedness is about friendship and feeling like you belong this can create a safe space for students in schools because it can as I said can help kids get enough friends or feel connected enough to stand up to bullies with there friends and stop them from bullying all together. Something students can do to help contribute to this cause would be to friend certain kids who are being bullied or picked on so they feel belonged, and something teachers can do would be to encourage certain kids to befriend the kids who are being bullied or to talk with them to help them get through there issue.

  22. DLTMGYD

    I chose connectedness because in the article thet mentioned that having connectedness help students feel more involved, happy and if they felt more connected they have a higher chance of staying in school longer. I think one way that teachers and students can help make a safe space is to insure that when people comment on things that no one says that’s not good or true, because when people do that it makes you not want to share at all and keep your thoughts to your self. One thing that teachers can do is to make it a little more fun to share so in the primary what the teachers can do is when they share the teachers can say that was so really good for you to share like that so when there older they will want to share and contribute more.

  23. DancingPorcupine

    I chose connectedness. I think that this is the most important ‘C’ because the only way to feel like you are part of something is to be connected to it, whether that be, because it is a topic you are interested in or something that your family has a connection to such as religion or culture. A way that students and teachers can help with that safe space is to join/make new clubs because that is something that anyone can be a part of and feel connected to.

  24. 14A Dinosaur

    connectedness
    i think that each class should have a couch where you can take a 5 minute break and talk to people about cennectedness
    or other things related to cennectedness

  25. crazymemeslol123

    I will choose connected because people who will feel alone it will distract them from making new friends that are everywhere but when a bully comes first it will take him to the bad side like corrupting him to turn to one of the bullies that are already In the school .

  26. GamingPickle84

    I picked the first c on connectedness I was sort of thinking of a corner where you talk about the way you feel to another kid and maybe then you could become friends

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