EFDN 303 Critical Project
During the course of this project, my focus was to shed some light on the following questions:
- What does bullying look like in schools?
- How do teachers handle bullying situations in their own classrooms?
- What are specific anti-bullying strategies, programs, and policies available to Regina schools and surrounding areas?
How is this project critical?
- I analyzed all interview questions to search for common findings and themes that have challenged previously-held assumptions about bullying.
- I shared powerful anecdotes and quotes that supported any arguments or points made in this project.
- I connected teachers’ responses and reactions to interviews conducted with adult victims of bullying.
- I reflected on the findings to think about how I may handle bullying in my own personal teaching practice and classroom management.
a) PART I: To begin my project, I will provide you with general information about bullying and its existence in elementary schools. For this section of my project, I will introduce bullying via a video made using Photo Story 3. I will display pictures (from Flickr within Creative Commons-licensed content) while speaking about the following:
- Definition of bullying
- Bullies, victims, & bystanders
- Types of bullying
Here is the first part of my project, which can also be viewed on YouTube:
b) PART II: I created a Prezi after interviewing ten adult victims of bullying over the age of eighteen. Here, you will learn more about:
- The onset and duration of their bullying experiences
- The type and intensity of the bullying situations
- Any cruel words or comments they remember
- Any specific action taken to stop the bullying completely
- The involvement of teachers in the bullying situations
- How these experiences continue to affect them as adults
You can view my Prezi here. Please press the Play button (>) to continue on with the presentation.
c) PART III: I wrote a 10-page paper presenting common findings and themes from interviews with ten elementary teachers from Regina and surrounding areas. The paper addresses the three key questions listed above (along with other findings), as well as additional information on how I may handle bullying in my future classroom.
Here are the interview questions I asked bullying victims and elementary school teachers: