Breaking the Culture of Bullying and Disrespect, Grades K-8: Best Practices and Successful Strategies

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Corwin Press, Jan 20, 2004 - Education - 235 pages
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Even in primary school, students suffer from bullying, aggression, and harassment at the hands of other students. Teachers and Headteachers deal with incidents of disrespect day in and day out, taking valuable time and energy away from instruction and force teachers into the role of disciplinarian. Often teachers and other educators resort to using stricter forms of control and behaviuor modification to stop bullying, but usually this doesn′t solve the problem and also threatens the student-teacher relationship.

The fact is, students don′t want to be bullies, but for many they feel it′s their only option in a given situation. By first understanding students′ experiences, teachers and other educators can help students discover other options for dealing with problematic situations that avoid bullying, aggression, and harassment. The authors provide ideas, strategies, and activities that promote respect, responsibility, and tolerance. The authors-a school psychologist and an elementary school teacher-interviewed dozens of students and educators and have tested their strategies in dozens of schools. The book includes numerous easy-to-implement activities along with programs and curricula appropriate for working with individual students, classes, and whole schools.

This accessible and jargon-free resource includes first-person quotes from students and teachers, successful stories of students overcoming problems of bullying and disrespect, frequently asked questions, reflective questions, examples of student work, and a glossary.


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Marie-Nathalie Beaudoin, Ph.D. is the Training Director of the Narrative Therapy program at Bay Area Family Therapy Training Associates (BAFTTA) where she supervises the counseling of doctoral interns in schools from three school districts in Silicon Valley, California. In her private practice, she enjoys working with young people, their families, and their schools, on a wide variety of issues. Marie-Nathalie values bringing forth people’s own wisdom and knowledges, through respectful, creative, and collaborative conversations. She has published numerous professional articles, has been featured in several magazines such as the California Educator and Educational Leadership, and is known internationally for her entertaining, thought provoking, and inspiring workshops. She was recently invited to produce three videotapes with Alexander Street Press (one which is specifically on school work).

Marie-Nathalie has won several grants and awards, with the most recent one focusing on the effectiveness of narrative therapy based group activities. She is the author of several successful books such as Working with groups to enhance relationships (1998), Responding to the culture of bullying & disrespect: New perspectives on collaboration, compassion and responsibility (2004, 2009); Creating a positive School Culture: How principals and teachers can work together (2004); and the popular paperback for parents, teachers, and therapists titled The SKiLL-ionaire in Every Child: Boosting Children’s Socio-Emotional Skills Using the Latest in Brain Research (2010) (sample at She has been the recipient of several prestigious awards such as a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grant (SSHRC), a Canadian Foundation for the Advancement of Research grant (FCAR), the John F. Kennedy University best psychology professor award (JFKU), and more recently the Shine A Light narrative research fund (SAL).

Also availabler from the author: "From Bullies to Buddies

Maureen Taylor is an educator in Northern California. Her background includes teaching preschool through sixth grade and being an environmental educator. Her main interests lie in teaching science and writing, two subjects that gently unfold for the learner. Taylor is currently developing a program for children blending art, environmental education, and social issues.

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