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Addressing Children's Challenging Behavior

by Mary Gersten
January/February 2011
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Teachers encounter a variety of discipline issues in the classroom each day. We might wonder, "What are the reasons for these behaviors, and how should we respond?" We want children to be successful in preschool and in life; therefore, we must acquire and teach the skills children need to develop socially and emotionally. We must learn to teach with respect. Here are some suggestions perhaps reminders about how to facilitate children's development in these areas, while addressing their challenging behavior.

Have realistic expectations

Developmentally appropriate practice influences all of our work in early childhood education. However, it is often forgotten when it comes to guidance and discipline. How many times do we hear adults say, "You know better than that!" If children knew better, they would do better. The most effective means for managing a classroom is by having realistic expectations for a child based on his or her age and level of development. Our requests will, then, be connected to what they are capable of doing (not just what we want them to do). This will become the focus of any approach used.

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