Book Review, "The Bully Free Classroom"
Full Title: The Bully Free Classroom: Over 100 Tips and Strategies for Teachers K-8
Written by: Allan L. Beane
Review By: Katie Ransohoff,
high school student writer
The Bully Free Classroom is an excellent book for anyone who needs support in dealing with bullies. The book is mainly for teachers (and parents/counselors) and has some of the best lessons, handouts, and strategies available for kids in grades K-8.
The book begins with the idea that anybody can be a bully's target, at anytime, and anywhere. There are ideas on how to help and how to recognize bullying.
The most important part of the book is the lessons for dealing with bullies. There are many resources within the book that are reasonable, easy, and – most importantly – effective. Many of the ideas are simple but strong, like the "Stop and Think" program: All students have to do is stop what they're doing and think before they act.
The book is divided into three sections: Positive Classroom, Helping Victims, and Helping Bullies. There are many handouts or exercises for teachers to photocopy and use in a classroom.
This is one of the best bully books available for teachers. I would recommend it for any teacher who sees bullying or victims and wants to create a positive classroom for every student.