Shawna Stueck teaches grades Kindergarten through second grade at Wisconsin Virtual Academy (WIVA).
Every October, elementary schools around the country shift their focus from the changing seasons, fall colors, and ripe pumpkins to include a more serious topic—bullying. Our desired outcome is to help students develop into a community of learners with increased awareness of the significant impact of bullying, provide them with ways in which they can be a positive peer, and arm them with the steps that they can take to end bullying.
At Wisconsin Virtual Academy (WIVA), although our students aren’t all attending school in the same classroom or brick and mortar school setting, this topic is front and center. Earlier this month, I sent out a survey to my homeroom students and families regarding their understanding and experiences with bullying. The data that I received from those responses indicated 75 % of my students had previously attended a brick and mortar school before enrolling at WIVA. Of that group, 27% said they experienced bullying.