GUI100- Bullying in the Preschool Environment - Handout

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1 GUI100- Bullying in the Preschool Environment - Handout Welcome to GUI100 Bullying is one of the most concerning social interactions facing children and schools today. Much media attention has been focused on the subject of bullying. While the media picks up stories of bullying in high school, researchers have shown that bullying behaviors are learned much earlier in life. Course Objectives: By taking notes on the handout and successfully answering assessment questions, participants will meet the following objectives as a result of taking this course: Define bullying Identify types of bullying Identify important facts and statistics about bullying behavior Identify possible effects of bullying behavior on bullies as well as victims of bullying Identify strategies for creating a bully-free child care environment and promoting pro-social behaviors References: Beane, A The Bully Free Classroom: Over 100 Tips and Strategies for Teachers K-8. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing. Feeney, Stephanie, et al. Who Am I in the Lives of Children? 9th Edition Pearson, Gartrell, D.and Gartrell J., Understand Bullying. National Association of Young Children, May Herr, J. Working with Young Children, 7th Edition, Goodheart-Wilcox Company. Kaiser, Barbara. Challenging Behavior in Young Children (2011). Pearson. Maryland State Department of Education. "Bullying Prevention." Retrieved February 3, 2011 from Nelsen, Jane (2008). Positive Discipline. Ballatine Books: Fair Oaks, California. Nelsen, Jane (2013), Positive Discipline in the Classroom: Developing Mutual Respect, Cooperation, and Responsibility in Your Classroom. Three Rivers Press. Schroeder, J Preschool Bullying: What you can do about it. The Society for Safe and Caring Schools: Alberta, Canada. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. "Children Who Bully." Retrieved February 3, 2011 from now.hrsa.gov U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. "What We Know About Bullying." Retrieved February 3, 2011 from now.hrsa.gov Case Study Robbie Use the space provided to record important information about the case involving Robbie. What warning signs can you spot, and what possible intervention strategies might you recommend? 1 of 7

2 Facts about Bullying Define bullying: Types of Bullying Use the space provided to record important information about each type of bullying. Physical Bullying Verbal Bullying Relational Bullying Gender and Bullying Characteristics and Effects of Bullying What is empathy? What is the relationship between bullying and empathy? 2 of 7

3 Use the space provided to record important information on each of the following topics related to effects of bullying. Characteristics of Victims Effects of Bullying on the Bully Effects of Bullying on Victims Effects of Bullying on Bystanders Classroom Strategies for Preventing Bullying Planning and Communication Use the space provided to record important information on each of the following topics. Be Intentional and Proactive Dispel Myths about Bullying Common myths concerning bullying are: 3 of 7

4 Classroom Expectations Focus on, rather than Create Consistency Curriculum and Activities Use the space provided to record important information on each of the following topics. Enhance the Curriculum Books and Discussions What are open-ended questions and why are they important during group discussion? Social Stories What are social stories and why are they useful? Role Playing Direct Teaching of Solutions Classroom Management and Guidance Practices Supervision 4 of 7

5 What role does supervision play in the prevention of bullying? Is it always necessary for a teacher to intervene? Model Appropriate Social Interactions Why is it so important for adults to remember to be good role models? Recognize Pro-social Interactions What can a teacher do to recognize pro-social interactions? Essential Lessons Use the space provided to record important information on each of the following classroom practices. Teach Empathy Teach Respect Promote Cooperation 5 of 7

6 Restitution What is the difference between restitution and punishment? Why is this a useful strategy with regard to bullying? Communicate Regularly Strategies for Helping the Victims of Bullying Empowerment How do you empower a child and why is this so important with regard to bullying? Speak Up! Case Study Eric and Jesse Use the space provided to record important information about the case study. What warning signs can you spot, and what possible intervention strategies might you recommend? Strategies for Helping the Bully Use the space provided to record important information on each of the following classroom practices. Why do children seek power? Offer Choices 6 of 7

7 Provide Leadership Opportunities Recognition and Praise Shadowing Case Study Robbie What information from this course did the teachers apply in order to help Robbie and the other children in the class? 7 of 7