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A Developmentally Appropriate Approach
2 Clock Hours Early Childhood Education Training
Common Questions and Comments
"What do I do if a parent asks me why I allow bullying in my classroom? Their child has been bit a few times within my classroom." - Julien
This is a wonderful question. You can explain to them about the difference between bullying and typical child development. If the children in the classroom are infants or toddlers, you could explain to them that it isn’t bullying behavior but that they don’t know how to express themselves appropriately yet.
"How do I know what is developmentally appropriate behavior or bullying behavior in my preschool classroom?" – Rylee
There are a few things to consider when determining if the behavior is bullying or developmentally appropriate. Are the behaviors repetitive? Is there specifically mean behavior? Is there an imbalance of power? These are all the three identifying factors that the Stop Bullying federal campaign list as components of bulling behavior.
If the behavior doesn’t include these three components, chances are that the behavior is more developmentally appropriate for the children. This would be a good time to use different types of observations to determine what the behavior is and how to address it. You could try documenting any behavior that you see to determine if there is a pattern to it. You could also ask another teacher to observe the children and compare your notes.
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