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K-12 Professionals

How Teachers Can Break the Cycle of Bullying

EDUC 600




Instructor: Tammy Berg

Grading: Letter or S/U

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Correspondence

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $345

Class Offered Through S.C.T. Continuing Education Services

Course Description:

Starting with a bottom-line assumption that "bullying is a learned behavior,” this course  explains not only the ways that the bully, the bullied, and the bystander are "three characters in a tragic play" but also how "the scripts can be rewritten, new roles created, the plot changed." For each of the three "characters," this course breaks down the behavior that defines each role, analyzes the specific ways that each character can have their behaviors changed for the better, and suggests a range of methods that parents and educators can use to identify bullying behavior and deal with it effectively. This course also provides excellent insights into behaviors related to but not always recognized as bullying, such as cliques, hazing, taunting and sexual bullying. Particularly, this course focuses on the "bystander," the person whose behavior is too often overlooked or excused within the bullying cycle. The projected outcome of this course is to provide classroom teachers with the knowledge, understanding, and methodologies needed to tackle bullying behaviors allowing for student success and achievement. 


As a result of participation in this course, students will:

1. Define what bullying is and what it isn’t.
2. Identify how the “characters” (i.e. the bully, the bullied, and the bystander) all contribute to the cycle of bullying.
3. Discriminate the differences and similarities between boy and girl bullies.
4. Research why contempt, not anger, drives bullying.
5. Differentiate the difference between teasing and taunting.
6. Interpret how to read the subtle clues that a child is being bullied.
7. Recall four abilities that can protect children from succumbing to a bully.
8. Find seven steps teachers and parents can take if bullying is occurring.
9. Prepare classroom strategies and lessons that can be a more powerful antidote to bullying than conflict resolution.

Required Text / Readings:

The required reading is found in the following texts and one article reprint:

Bolton, J. & Graeve, S. (2005).  No room for bullies.  Boys Town, NE: Boys Town Press.

Coloroso, B. (2009).  The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander: From Preschool to High School – How Parents and Teachers Can Help Break the Cycle of Violence (Updated Edition).  New York:  Harper Collins.

San Antonio, D. & Salzfass, E.  (2007).  How we treat one another in school. Educational Leadership, 646, 32-38.

About The Instructor

Tammy Berg
Tammy Berg

Tammy Berg has earned her M.S. in Education and her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. Tammy is a licensed school counselor in Wisconsin. She has over 14 years of experience in school counseling.


**Registration Instructions:

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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