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Redefining Bullying

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"This is a different kind of strategy. It means changing an understanding of a fundamental concept in the classroom and school. The way bullying is typically conceptualized, there is a bully and a victim, and sometimes a bystander. This implies that there are "good guys" and "bad guys" which erodes the community that is essential for creating an inclusive environment in which everyone belongs and everyone is valued. Schools and classrooms that have zero-tolerance and no-questions-asked policies toward bullying and standardized punishments for bullies are failing to support the needs of all students. There is nothing cut or dry or easily defined about bullying. When one students is aggressive in some way toward another, all of the students have needs that should be met and skills to be learned. Bullying should be redefined as conflicts that need to be collaboratively solved. The focus on the classroom should be redefined toward recognizing everyone's streng…

Ten Years of Blogging!

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Ten years ago today I started a personal blog with the plan to record my journey parenting Mikey. There came a point in that journey where I made a career change as a result of the first steps in that journey and as time went on I switched from a blogging about parenting to blogging about the cross-over between my personal passion, parenting and my job. 

Link to my first blog Red Lights: http://redlights.typepad.com/