Module 1: Children’s Behaviors

Lesson One: Child Development

  • Lesson One : Videos

  • Developmental Milestones


    • Participants will understand that each child develops at her own rate and in her own way.
    • Participants will begin to compare their observations of children to developmental
      milestones, using what they learn to support children?s progress toward the milestones that
      are likely to come next.
    • Participants will be able to use developmental milestones to develop realistic expectations
      for each child, to select individualized teaching strategies, and to offer appropriate activities
      to engage each child and support their continuing development.
    • Participants will understand the value of individualized teaching strategies for increasing
      engagement and meaningful learning, while reducing the likelihood of challenging behavior.
    • Participants will know about resources they can share with families.

  • Social and Emotional Health


    • Participants will understand the importance of social and emotional health as the foundation
      for learning.
    • Participants will know the importance of positive relationships with the children they care
      for and teach.
    • Participants will understand their role in supporting healthy social and emotional health.

  • Temperament


    • Participants will understand the role of temperament in both children?s and adults? behavior.
    • Participants will identify the three general categories of temperament, along with common
      characteristics of each type of temperament.
    • Participants will recognize the power of temperament to influence relationships in positive
      and negative ways.
    • Participants will understand their responsibility to recognize challenges caused by
      temperament and to work toward a goodness of fit by building positive relationships with

  • Behavior and Cues


    • Participants will understand that behavior is often a response to what we see, hear, and feel.
    • Participants will identify a variety of nonverbal behavior cues that can help them anticipate
      and manage challenging situations more effectively.
    • Participants will increase their awareness of their own behavior cues and what they
      communicate to children.
    • Participants will be able to reduce challenging behavior by adopting strategies in their
      classroom environments to support children?s exploration and learning.

  • Protective Factors and Resilience


    • Participants will define and understand the impact of protective factors and risk factors on
    • Participants will identify some protective factors that can buffer children from risks.
    • Participants will understand their power to support protective factors through intentional
      teaching strategies.

  • Lesson One: Supplementary Materials

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