The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) is designed to improve peer relations and make schools safer, more positive places for students to learn and develop. Goals of the program include:
The OBPP has core parts that are key in its implementation and success: clear anti-bullying rules and Class Meetings. Another key to its successful implementation is that teachers know how to recognize and handle bullying situations appropriately.
At Four Mile, we merged the Olweus anti-bullying rules into the RAMS Way, so that students know that they are part of our school-wide expectations. They are the “WAY” in the RAMS Way.
W=We will not bully others.
A=Always help students who are bullied and include those who are left out.
Y=You must tell an adult if you know someone is being bullied.
Class meetings are a weekly occurrence (lasting anywhere from 15-45 minutes) during which students have the opportunity to share thoughts and feelings about various topics. Teachers act as a guide during these meetings, but the core of the discussion is done by the students. Class meeting topics can be about anything from bullying to friend conflicts to growth mindset and beyond. The topics can be student or teacher generated, depending on what is needed at the time. Class meetings are intended to build a safe and supportive community in the classroom where every student’s voice matters and is important.
Current topics in class meetings have been centered around developing the class meeting expectations as well as discussing the anti-bullying rules. October was National Bullying Prevention Month and our focus at that time was to deliberately explain the anti-bullying rules at Four Mile (the WAY). We want to help students understand the difference between bullying, teasing, rude behavior, and conflicts. We also want them to have tools to handle ALL and feel comfortable reporting bullying when it happens.
We want to empower students to solve problems that can be solved, but also know that help is available when they need it. Our goal is that ALL students feel safe, connected, and ready to learn every day that they walk through Four Mile’s doors.
Stay tuned for monthly updates on current “hot topics” for class meetings in your student’s grade!