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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Bully Police!!!

I am back and refreshed!! I had a wonderful spring break full of picnics, sunshine, and plenty of cuddling with my sweet little family. I was so excited to go back to work and get started on some projects like Career Day planning but it was so stinkin' hard to leave these little cuties.....

Last week was fast and furious and I felt like the whole school was in spring break mode on Monday but that didn't last long! I was finishing up guidance and I used the book Have You Filled a Bucket Today? Have I ever mentioned how much I love this book?
I read this book and also found some great resources from the author. I was in heaven with all of the free printables! You can find those here: http://bucketfillers101.com/free-resources.php

I used these with my Put Ups and Put Downs activity. It was a nice review and I related the Put Ups to filling people's buckets and Put Downs to being bucket dippers. The kids loved the activity and I even had a student come tell me they were being a bucket filler all day! Melts.my.heart!!!

Now on to what you came here to see.....my Bully Police. It is nothing extravagant and nothing genius but oh.so.amazing!!!!  The second semester I came back rejuvenated and ready to tackle the issue of bullying. I kept thinking of what I could do that would be effective and not just for a short bit of time that would quickly fade. I remember thinking about Education Go Get It Week and how about 80% of my students said they wanted to be police officers. I thought, why not have bully police? It could be a group of kids who are leaders in the school who help report bullying and who are visible in their grade levels so that kids who may be scared to report bullying could go to them. I started out by creating Bully Police applications which you can find here for free: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Bully-Police-Application

My Character Council members were automatically Bully Police since they were leaders with outstanding character. I did a trial run with them first and talked about it with the kiddos in guidance and on the announcements....before I knew it, the Bully Police was a hot  topic all around the school.

At first, I didn't think I would have many apply but I had almost 200!!! I didn't want to turn anyone away (even the bullies who may change from the experience) so I set up a rotation schedule. While they were waiting for their turn, students had to be on their best behavior to show they have what it takes.

All Bully Police are known to their classes and grade levels. They are even getting badges!!! Each member is given Bully Reports which you can find here: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Bully-Police-Tickets

They write the incident they see or students can report to them. The tickets go in a bucket in the front office which I check frequently. I just put a label on a bucket. You can also find the label here:

Honestly, it is that simple. I rotate students weekly and there have been no issues with the bullies retaliating because they know I am behind them! I won't lie....I am surprised at how successful it has been and I am excited to see how much it will grow next year. I hope this helps for those who have asked and I hope this will be helpful in helping to create Bully Police at your campus!! 

Have a great week! I know I will be enjoying this 3 day work week!!! I am sure I will use it to study for my NCE! : (

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