Bully Busters

A Teacher's Manual for Helping Bullies, Victims, and Bystanders
Grades K-5
Pages: 380
ISBN: 9780878224432
Item Number: 5192


The Bully Busters Approach

The Bully Busters approach is research based and emphasizes both control and prevention. It helps teachers increase their awareness, knowledge base, and intervention skills to attack the root causes of bullying behavior and to deal with the problem confidently.

The manual is organized into eight learning modules. Each module includes a teacher information component and a series of classroom activities. The activities (36 in all) are designed to increase student participation in reducing and preventing bullying, as well as to strengthen the teacher/student relationship. An accompanying CD of all the reproducible forms and student handouts is included with the book.

Book Review

“As how-to manuals for teachers, these two volumes . . . serve as comprehensive educational and team building guides, and they function as classroom curriculum resources. For K-8 school counselors who are looking to take the lead with a proven program to combat bullying, Bully Busters deserves serious consideration.”

—Larry L. Hill, Counseling Today, American Counseling Association

Program Foundations

CHAPTER 1: Setting Up for Success

  • Components of Success
  • A Solution-Focused Approach to Problem Solving
  • Working toward Success with Your Bully Busters Support Team
  • Taking Care of Yourself

CHAPTER 2: Emotional Intelligence and Developmental Assets

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Developmental Assets

Learning Modules

MODULE 1: Increasing Awareness of Bullying

  • Bullying in Elementary Schools
  • Definitions of Bullying
  • Common Bullying Locations
  • Role of Teachers
  • Classroom Activities
    1. What a Feeling (Grades K-5)
    2. Story Time (Grades K-5)
    3. That’s Garbage (Grades K-5)
    4. Wanted: Reward Given! (Grades 3-5)

MODULE 2: Preventing Bullying in Your Classroom

  • Prevention in the Classroom
  • Prevention at the School Level
  • Teacher Characteristics
  • Building Good Relationships with Tough Kids
  • Establishing and Enforcing Classroom Rules
  • Addressing Classroom Conflict
  • Classroom Activities
    1. Room Rules (Grades K-5)
    2. No Bullying Here (Grades K-5)
    3. The Drop Box (Grades 3-5)
    4. One for All (Grades 3-5)
    5. Identifying Others’ Feelings (Grades 3-5)

MODULE 3: Building Personal Power

  • What Is Personal Power?
  • Anger Management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Building Connections: The Power of Relationships
  • Classroom Activities
    1. Name That Feeling (Grades K-2)
    2. What Would You Do? (Grades K-2)
    3. Can You Hear Me Now? (Grades K-5)
    4. My Gift to You (Grades 3-5)

MODULE 4: Recognizing the Bully

  • The Aggressive versus the Well-Adapted Child
  • The Development of Bullying Behaviors
  • The Bully-Development Model
  • Factors Associated with Bullying Behaviors
  • Types of Bullies
  • Classroom Activities
    1. The Bully Bust (Grades K-5)
    2. Bully? Who, Me? (Grades K-5)
    3. Bullies at Work (Grades 3-5)
    4. Caught on Camera (Grades 3-5

MODULE 5: Recognizing the Victim

  • Defining Victimization
  • Myths about Victimization
  • Recognizing Victims and Victimization
  • Impact of Victimization
  • Where Does Victimization Take Place?
  • Types of Victims
  • Understanding the Victim Role
  • Classroom Activities
    1. Bye, Bye, Bully (Grades K-2)
    2. Bully, Be Gone! (Grades K-5)
    3. Who Is the Victim? (Grades 3-5)
    4. Does It Count? (Grades 3-5)

MODULE 6: Recommendations and Interventions for Bullying Behaviors

  • Establishing a Working Relationship with Bullies
  • The Four Rs of Bully Control
  • Principles of Behavior Change
  • Roles in the Bully-Victim Interaction
  • Developmental Skills for Bullies
  • Reputation Changing
  • Classroom Activities
    1. Anger Busters (Grades K-2)
    2. Caught the Feeling (Grades K-2)
    3. The Turtle Club (Grades K-5)
    4. Knowing My Anger (Grades 3-5)
    5. Act One (Grades 3-5)

MODULE 7: Recommendations and Interventions for Helping Victims

  • Victim Support
  • Empowering Victims to Take a Different Role
  • Interventions for Different Types of Victims
  • Victim Responses to Bullying
  • Classroom Activities
    1. The Magic Box (Grades K-2)
    2. People Puppets (Grades K-2)
    3. My Boiling Point (Grades K-5)
    4. Hand Talk (Grades 3-5)
    5. The Puppets Go to Broadway (Grades 3-5)
    6. My Toolbox (Grades 3-5)

MODULE 8: Relaxation and Coping Skills

  • The Importance of Self-Care
  • Stress Awareness
  • Applying the Big Questions
  • General Recommendations for Managing Stress
  • Classroom Activities
    1. Keeping Calm (Grades K-2)
    2. My Magic Place (Grades K-5)
    3. Balloon in My Belly (Grades 3-5)
    4. Body Game (Grades 3-5)

Appendix A: Classroom Interaction and Awareness Chart
Appendix B: Teacher Inventory of Skills and Knowledge
Appendix C: Bully-Victim Measure

Bully Busters Research Summary

by Katherine A. Raczynski

Several studies have evaluated Bully Busters at the elementary school level. Browning, Cooker, and Sullivan (2005) evaluated outcomes of the elementary school curriculum on teacher knowledge and skills for responding to bullying. A randomly assigned group of teachers and school staff participated in a three day teacher training which covered the elementary school Bully Busters curriculum. At the conclusion of the training, participants in the treatment group demonstrated significantly better results than the control group on seven outcomes: 1) awareness of bullying, 2) knowledge of prevention strategies that can be used in the classroom, 3) identification of behavior characteristics of bullies and victims, 4) interventions for reducing bullying behavior, 5) ways to help victims of bullying, 6) techniques for relaxation and stress management for students, 7) personal stress reduction.


Browning, C. M., Cooker, P. G., & Sullivan, K. (2005). Help for the bully/peer abuse problem: Is Bully Busters in-service training effective? In G. Walz & R. Yep (Eds.) Vistas Compelling Perspectives on Counseling (231-234). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.

Howard, N., Horne, A., & Jolliff, D. (2002). Self-efficacy in a new training model for the prevention of bullying in schools. In R. Geffner, M. Loring, & C. Young (Eds.), Bully behavior: Current
issues, research, and interventions
(pp. 181-192). New York: Haworth Press

Orpinas, P., Horne, A. M., & Staniszewski, D. (2003). School bullying: Changing the problem by changing the school. School Psychology Review, 3, 431-444.

Please contact Research Press for more details on Bully Busters research.

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