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Understanding why the Wild Things are: Training Teachers for Positive Discipline

by Margie Carter
September/October 1992
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Child guidance and positive discipline are perhaps the most sought after training topics in the early childhood field. As more and more children are in group care for longer and longer hours, we find disruptive behaviors increasingly common. Directors struggle to find staff with appropriate experience and education while scrambling to refer children for special needs screening.

In this context we are hungry for some quick fix techniques to stabilize our classrooms and bolster teacher self-esteem and confidence. Indeed, it is critical that early childhood staff understand the tenets of positive discipline and have a grasp of the strategies and techniques covered in this issue of Beginnings. With some basic child guidance and group management skills in hand, teachers can then benefit from further in-service training emphasizing human development principles.

Examining the Environment/Refining Skills and Techniques

In addition to the articles found here, there are a number of resources with clear guidelines to assist teachers with techniques for positive approaches to discipline. Ones that I consistently use are Beginnings and Beyond by Ann Miles Gordon and Kathryn Williams Browne, How to Talk So Kids Will Listen by Adele Faber, and The Creative Curriculum and accompanying Guide for Supervisors and ...

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