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“Teachers of young children will feel validated by this book that explains the issues underlying behaviors that challenge us on a daily basis and shows how to address them effectively.”

-Xiomara S´nchez, NBCT, Dual Language Pre-K Teacher, Darwin Elementary School, Chicago, IL

“Covers the breadth of children's behaviors that teachers are likely to see, and describes the major motivators for them very well. The examples and scenarios are highly interesting, meaningful, and transferable to classroom practice.”

-Gail Hardesty, Early Reading First Mentor, Chicago Public Schools, IL

Increase your understanding of children to guide and shape behavior in positive ways!

Teachers are masterful in balancing the diverse backgrounds, social-emotional needs, and academic goals of children in their classroom-that is, if they can only get them to sit still, pay attention, keep their hands off of each other (or out of the fish tank), or a host of other effective aggravations! But creating a classroom of attentive learners takes more than swift discipline-it involves helping children make good behavioral choices by developing their self-control rather than controlling them to make the choices we prefer.

Difficult Behavior in Early Childhood offers insight into understanding why certain children behave in certain ways, so teachers can react appropriately to individual behaviors and needs. In an engaging, conversational tone, the book covers:

Reconciling the different behavioral expectations of families and schools; Applying timeout effectively; Motivating children immediately and powerfully; Establishing and following through with boundaries; Developing behavior incentive plans that work; Identifying early signs of depression, anxiety, grief, and special needs

Through informed practice, teachers can bring about positive behavioral change and healthy, productive development.

The Community Theory of Timeout That Works
The community theory of timeout that works

Jack: He took the block away from me!

Hank: I had it first!

Teacher: You two take a timeout here and work it out between the two of you. You can't go play until you work it out together.

Jack: I had that block first!

Hank: No, I had it first!

[After 5 minutes of bickering and arguing …]

Jack: OK, I'll give that block to you and I get the shorter blocks.

Hank: OK. Teacher! We worked it out… can we go play?

Teacher: Sure.

Hank: Jack won't share the long blocks!

Jack: Hank took all the short blocks!

Teacher: Kyle was playing with the blocks too. And, you guys knocked over his structure when you were fighting. You take a ...

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