Even with the expansion of prevention programs and greater awareness bullying continues to be a significant problem across all countries, communities, and contexts. Bullying is a significant big idea that needs to be thoroughly and contextually considered to develop meaningful and sustainable solutions. Sometimes we tend to jump to solutions and implement programs before fully understanding the overarching problems and contextualizing the challenges. There is no shortage of plans and resources for addressing bullying, but make sure you understand your challenge first.
Take the time to ask personal and contextual questions, to define terms, to explore causes and to learn everything you can about your specific environment. Slow down, reflect and make sure there is ownership of the problem and ultimately the solutions.
Big Idea: Bullying
Essential Question: Why does bullying occur and what can we do about it?
Challenge: Understand and Eliminate Bullying!
Sample Guiding Questions
These are only example questions we encourage you to ask as many personal and contextual questions as possible – what do you need to know about bullying to eliminate it in your world?)
*Once you brainstorm all of the questions organize and prioritize them.
Guiding Activities and Resources
These are only a set of example activities and resources. The ones that you choose should be in direct relationship to your specific guiding questions and context. Activities and resources for adults, adolescents, and younger children will be different. Try to start with understanding the challenge in your setting before moving to the plethora of resources for solving the problem. The goal is to develop solutions that mean something in your community and are sustainable.
Research on Bullying
Using the research findings from your Investigations develop a synthesis that demonstrates a clear understanding of the challenge
Solution Prototypes – Using your research synthesis create multiple ideas for solutions and review each one to make sure your research supports it. Share the prototypes with various stakeholders and get feedback.
Solution – with the feedback from the stakeholders develop one solution that has the most potential for success.
Implement – Develop a plan to implement the solution with the stakeholders and collect data about the impact.
Evaluate – Using quantitative and qualitative measures determine if the solution is valid and what can be improved.
REFLECT, DOCUMENT, AND SHARE
Throughout the experience take time to document the events and reflect on what is happening to build on prior knowledge and identify future questions.
Share what you learned with your local community and the world. Use #CBLWorld on social media.