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Helping Teachers Take the Challenge Out of Behavior

by Karen Cairone
May/June 2016
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He just won’t listen.

She loves to push my buttons.

He’s trying to ruin my day.

I’m completely overwhelmed.

I’ve tried everything. There is nothing else I can do to help this child.

If you work with young children, chances are you have heard, thought (or possibly even uttered) some of these phrases in the past week. Typically, teachers enter the early childhood field because they love working with children and want to help them succeed. Hopefully, they didn’t pursue a career in early childhood because they want to help only the ‘easy’ children. Reaching and teaching all children means ALL children — not just the ones who sit quietly, nod their heads, and smile every time we speak. Children learn to use positive behaviors just like they learn to use letters and numbers — through direct teaching and direct experience.

Consider this anecdote about a child learning a new skill:

Ella is a four-year-old child still learning to write her name. Her teacher, Mrs. Peloso, enters the classroom every day thinking, “Today, I hope to help Ella make progress as she learns to write her name!” She is patient ...

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