Much to teachers’ collective dismay, there’s no magic wand for behavior management (although if there was, it would likely look remarkably similar to the Elder Wand featured in Harry Potter, don’t you think?).
Fortunately, experts do agree that the most effective way to decrease challenging behaviors is to increase social competetence — which begins with developing (and maintaining) positive relationships with children.
At the most recent meetings of the WNY Behavior Collaboration, early childhood professionals worked together to create a simple tool that teachers can use to reflect on best practices and make small (but meaningful!) immediate changes to their classrooms.
To learn more about the 10 simple things you can do to decrease challenging behaviors, click here:
Develop Meaningful Relationships with Children in Your Classroom
More easy-to-use tools are in the works and will be posted here as they are finalized. Until then, maybe we’ll keep working on that wand idea, too 🙂
Happy New Year! Goal setting, resolutions, and promises to “do better” seem to go hand-in -hand with the beginning of a new year.
If you’re looking to add new tools to your behavior management skill set in 2017, be sure to check out our local Events page. An opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals might be exactly what you need to ignite (or refresh!) your passion, your patience, and your limitless potential!
More than just a cheesy (albeit catchy!) 80’s song, “don’t stop believing” should be every teacher’s mantra.
- Believe that children have unlimited potential.
- Believe that challenging behavior is an unmet need, not an act of defiance.
- Believe that meaningful change takes time and consistent effort.
- Believe that every interaction is a choice to either make a moment, or break a spirit.
- Believe in yourself — and in every child who’s relying on you to be his role model.
Video Conferences, Local Events, and Facebook Fun – oh my!
Deciding how to respond is easier when you have more tools in your toolbox! Be sure to check out our listing of upcoming events in WNY, to take advantage of local opportunities for professional development.
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When you’re a preschooler who is running in the hallway, pushing a friend, or exhibiting other challenging behaviors, sometimes all you need is an adult who is willing to teach you a more appropriate alternative. Put simply, some children are begging adults, “Tell me what to do instead!”
This simple one-page PDF is full of realistic examples of positive language, with tips for tone and word choice. What a terrific addition to your toolbox!