Dr Bill Rogers' Conference Presentation Anti-Bullying Network
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  Vigilance    

Now what bothers me, to come back to this point that bothers me, is that some teachers, in terms of their vigilance, they are not relaxed vigilant, they’re non-vigilant. They walk past, even in the classroom I work with teachers who are non-vigilant. Now these are broad typologies here, I also work with teachers who are overly-vigilant. ‘Hey, over here, over here, over here.’ I was in a school here in Britain. Emm, I won’t say where, well in Anglia roughly, over there and I was doing some mentoring, this was about three years ago. Anyway I’m going down the corridor with a colleague of mine who is taking me to the staffroom, it’s about twenty to nine. And I saw out of the corner of my multi-attentional field of vision eye, a young lad walking down the corridor without a tie, which y’know in this school, was kind of like a big thing. And I saw a teacher walking towards him and the first thing he did was ‘Oi, over here, over here, why haven’t you got a tie on?’ Who gives a stuff why he hasn’t got a tie on, at that point, what a stupid question. But worse he didn’t ask the kid, he didn’t say good morning to the lad, or ask him his name. He didn’t even usher him to the side of the corridor. They became a quarrelling island in the middle of this, and this guy is strutting around, this guy I found out later is a senior teacher, he’s strutting around in his overly vigilant pose, I’m sure that guy’s aim was to help that lad own his behaviour and respect, at a very loose level I suppose, the rights and responsibility about what it means to be a member of the community in terms of uniform. But he was not interested in building a workable, respectful relationship with the lad.

Vigilance