Stop, Walk, and Talk Technique

  • Why should I do it:

    • To teach students how to stand up to behavior that they feel is offensive or not wanted
    • To Empower students
    • To promote self-advocacy and self-determination
    • To decrease bullying and bullying-related issues in school
    • To promote a more self-reliant, responsible, and safe climate and atmosphere
    • To remove barriers that interfere with positive peer interactions and academics
    • To create a positive school climate

    When should I do it:

    • This strategy is best utilized and taught school-wide as part of the regular rules and procedures
    • Teach this strategy to students several times throughout the year
    • When you witness or are informed of any situations that students feel bullied, annoyed, offended or
    • When a student seems to react to others teasing or instigation
    • When an awkward or odd student seems to attract a lot of criticism
    • When students seem to have poor interactions and frequent conflicts
    • When students do not know how to handle conflicts well
    • When students complain about bullying, being picked on, teased, etc

    How do I do it:

    • The Stop, Walk, & Talk strategy is a great systematic program from the publication Bully Prevention in Positive Behavior Support 1, which teaches students how to deal with being bullied, bothered, teased, etc
    • The program consists of teaching students to use 3 simple and progressive steps: Indicating through words and gesture to stop, walking away if the problem continues, and finally talking to an adult if the issue is still not resolved.
    • For specific details on the program and free program guides and curriculum, see the great resources below