Teacher’s Guide To A Child Who Has A Bully’s Reputation

As a teacher your role is an integral one as much as it is pivotal in the growth of a child. In your career you will meet many children some of them obedient, others a tad bit stubborn but all of them just as unique as the last. Your role would be to show no difference to any child and to treat them all alike so that they can grow up being honest to who they really are. How about what happens when a particular child under your care gets the label of a bully? Parents of other kids are complaining, everyone is just singling this kid out. What can you as a teacher do to make the right intervention?

Seek out the root cause

Often we see the outer image of an individual or a child and not really take the time to assess what caused them to behave in a particular manner. According to North Brisbane psychologists, each human mind is like a lock that is unique and requires a very specific key to unlock it. There is simply no master key. What works well for one person will not work for another or may not be right for another to get enough positive results. This is why it is important that you try to get inside the behavior of the troubled child. Try to do a bit of research or just look at the kind of family background that he or she is coming from. Perhaps the parents are too strict, they have a dysfunctional family unit or maybe the child is victim of abuse that is causing them to take it out on other kids, no child is ever born angry or a bully. Life does that to them. Get to the root cause.

Get professional help with permission of parents

The next step after you identify the root cause of the difficult behavior of the child would be to get some professional help but here is the tricky part. You will need to inform the parents and that needs to be well explained to them so that they do not misunderstand what you are saying. Telling a mother and a father that their child may have some mental disturbance is difficult even though it is something as simple as anxiety or less self-confidence. Therefore while you will need to get the help of an adolescent psychologist, you will need to do so with the express permission of the parents.

Do not single out the child

Even out of care and love for the child, do not singe them out. This might cause them to feel alienated from other children in the school and the bully might even become the bullied. Therefore, no matter what you do always ensure that this matter is something that remains private to the teachers, the respective student and his or her parents only at any given point.