We all need praise. We all need to be told how well we do something, how helpful we are, don’t we?


There are some teaching techniques that can reduce bullying, you know. The key to extinguishing and reducing bullying lies in early intervention. Preschool and kindergarten children need experiences to show that they are capable and lovable. If they do not attain these experiences, they are prone to seek their own success by exhibiting dysfunctional behavior such as attention seeking, gaining power; then bullying becomes a way of life for them. I often saw this when I taught very young children.

As a teacher of young children, it was not difficult to pick out potential bullies. The problem was to find ways to reward them that were socially acceptable. For example, a child who made fun of a fellow classmate could be given the task of helping that child in a co-operative learning situation. That way, he experienced the reward of helping a classmate and in time, the offensive behavior usually stopped. There were always extreme cases that needed professional intervention, even in one so young.

We all need praise. We all need to be told how well we do something, how helpful we are, don’t we?

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